Coronavirus facemask interferes with hearing aids

Posted by lille @lille, Apr 12 10:03am

I wear hearing aids that loop over both ears. When I put on a mask, it knocks the aids out of my ears. When I have the mask on and put them back in, it feels uncomfortable. I don’t want to go around without the hearing aids. Any suggestions?

@lille,Thank you so much for your post!! I'm having the same problem. I have phonak hearing aids and the mask knocks them off. i even went back to my very old fashioned, bulky hearing aid and that worked a bit better, although it was a bit off kilter behind my ear!

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@lille Yup – exactly the reason my daughter told me not to make that kind – most of our neighbors and friends wear glasses &/or hearing aids and they cause this problem.
Three suggestions:
1 – Get a long twist-tie – the big plastic one from big trash bags would work best, and loop it through the elastic loops and fasten as loosely as possible, then slip the mask over your head with the twist tie behind. If too tight, you can string 2 or more twist ties together.
2 – Use a shoelace or ribbon to tie between the loops and slip over your head. Adjust the tie to keep the loops out of the way of hearing aids.
3 – IF you have elastic twill or bias tape in the house, you can cut the loops at the center, add a piece (sewn or knotted) between the two cut ends on top. Add another piece between the 2 cut ends on the bottom. Presto, you have an around-the-head mask.
You may need to put the mask on, then put the aids in. Finally, as a last resort, ask among friends and family for tie-on masks. We've made 48 so far, and go back into production making more tomorrow.
Stay calm, stay safe, stay hopeful.
Sue

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I switched to ties for the same reason but my problem was not when I put the mask on but when I took it off. My hearing aids went flying, even when I was careful. Luckily, I rarely go out in public so it hasn’t been a huge problem. Just another challenge in these interesting times. You can also make a mask with a bandana or shop towel. I used ribbons or seam tape instead of rubber bands or hair ties. That worked.

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@robinraig

I switched to ties for the same reason but my problem was not when I put the mask on but when I took it off. My hearing aids went flying, even when I was careful. Luckily, I rarely go out in public so it hasn’t been a huge problem. Just another challenge in these interesting times. You can also make a mask with a bandana or shop towel. I used ribbons or seam tape instead of rubber bands or hair ties. That worked.

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The mask activates the psoriasis on my nose so I am now using scarfs (pretty ones). When I use the lightweight scarfs I double them around my face so they will be effective. Whatever works as there are many other ways to protect. They are also easy to wash. Pray that we get our country back to business again.

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@lille and @sparklegram I’ve been making face masks for my friends and the ear loops can be a problem! Tonight I tried something that should work for you. I drew it out for you can easily see. Tie strings or ribbons or yarn to the top side of the ear loops and again to the bottom of the loops. The top 2 strings can be tied at the top of the head and and bottom ones are tied behind the neck. @sueinmn has some good ideas also. Now you have lots of different things to try! Be sure to let us know what works for you.

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Thanks for this information. I attempted my facemask this past weekend based on a YouTube video. Cut a sleeve off a tee-shirt, cut strips off the bottom of the tee, punch 3-4 holes through the cutoff sleeve and threaded the strips through the holes. It works somewhat, though looks funny. It also makes a lot of fine white cotton dust all over everything LOL.

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I’ve received help from a librarian who has been crocheting face mask adapters. Chances are you know a friend who crochets or a friend of a friend. Good luck! Mary

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@maryella7

I’ve received help from a librarian who has been crocheting face mask adapters. Chances are you know a friend who crochets or a friend of a friend. Good luck! Mary

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What a smart option.

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Hello I wonder if there is a way to attach an elastic band around both loops so the band will hold the mask in place around the back of the head.

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@susan1954 I like Colleen,s idea of crocheting a loop holder or I have hearing aides and what I do is put the mask on first then put my H.A. in this seems to work for me .

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Normally you wouldn't have a mask on all day. Therefore once you put your hearing aides on for the day you usually wear them until evening. Taking the aides on and off to put the mask on when needed would b a nuisance. Just a thought.

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@susan1954 That's why I suggest either around-the-head elastic or ties for those with aids. I like the elastic myself, but much care must be taken when removing to avoid the outer surface of the mask touching face or hair. We have taken to using t-shirt strips or soft elastic for the ties – more comfortable than ribbon or bias binding. Need to get back to the sewing room – requests for more masks are piling up, and I believe a lot of people will be wearing them until current infection numbers drop very low, then I expect to see them again in fall/winter cold and flu season.
Sue

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@sueinmn

@susan1954 That's why I suggest either around-the-head elastic or ties for those with aids. I like the elastic myself, but much care must be taken when removing to avoid the outer surface of the mask touching face or hair. We have taken to using t-shirt strips or soft elastic for the ties – more comfortable than ribbon or bias binding. Need to get back to the sewing room – requests for more masks are piling up, and I believe a lot of people will be wearing them until current infection numbers drop very low, then I expect to see them again in fall/winter cold and flu season.
Sue

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Etsy has a lot of masks especially designed for hearing aid wearers. Here is one link, but there are many other pages on Etsy that also have them. https://www.etsy.com/listing/792525549/face-mask-reusable-fit-for-hearing-aids

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@sparklegram thank you — that is a great idea for many people. Some of us cannot tolerate wearing such headbands. The Etsy seller I selected
used skinny elastic and made the ear loops longer for me. (CreationsforKiddos – https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreationsforKiddos?ref=shop_sugg) With
the longer length the elastic is not too tight & so far has not dislodged my hearing aids (I rarely wear my masks for more than a few hours)

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Great information, @catladyde9 . Thank you!

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