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?

@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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do you have directions for making this

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@erdbird

do you have directions for making this

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Hello, erdbird,. I had the same problem. I wear Phonak Audéo M hearing aids. Awhile back someone responded to this post suggesting you put your mask on first, then your hearing aids. This really does work beautifully for me. I'm so grateful to the person who posted that idea. I put my glasses on last. It all works!

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I have a CI and have masks with a continuous loop of elastic – it goes around the back of the head and the back of the neck. Great for HA users – not so great for CI. The top band needs to go above my ear, right where my processor anchors! Errrg.

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@lizzy102

I have a CI and have masks with a continuous loop of elastic – it goes around the back of the head and the back of the neck. Great for HA users – not so great for CI. The top band needs to go above my ear, right where my processor anchors! Errrg.

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Lizzy, I found a pattern online for a shaped mask, instead of the flat ones with pleats along both sides. Because it's shaped, it can be held in place with a single band that runs entirely below your ears. It slips a little while you talk, but not enough to be a problem, and far easier to cope with than anything above your ears. E-mail me (can't post my mail here but you can get it by going to group members and searching for "joyces." Naturally, I tried a couple of placements before I found what actually works, so got to use my brand-new seam ripper!

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@joyces

Lizzy, I found a pattern online for a shaped mask, instead of the flat ones with pleats along both sides. Because it's shaped, it can be held in place with a single band that runs entirely below your ears. It slips a little while you talk, but not enough to be a problem, and far easier to cope with than anything above your ears. E-mail me (can't post my mail here but you can get it by going to group members and searching for "joyces." Naturally, I tried a couple of placements before I found what actually works, so got to use my brand-new seam ripper!

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I would love to see your pattern to use for my husband who has the earphones behind his ears. How can I see your pattern please and thank you

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1. using masks that loop over the head and the elastic sits on the low back of the head. 2. Some women have put buttons on their hair piece and hook onto that. 3. use and "extender" piece of elastic tie to both ear loops and loop over the head.

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@joyces

Lizzy, I found a pattern online for a shaped mask, instead of the flat ones with pleats along both sides. Because it's shaped, it can be held in place with a single band that runs entirely below your ears. It slips a little while you talk, but not enough to be a problem, and far easier to cope with than anything above your ears. E-mail me (can't post my mail here but you can get it by going to group members and searching for "joyces." Naturally, I tried a couple of placements before I found what actually works, so got to use my brand-new seam ripper!

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@joyces, You can safely make a Private Message to @lizzy102 on Connect. You can use the envelope icon at top right of this page. If you want instructions I am posting the link to – Getting Started on Connect, (scroll to How to send a private message)
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/get-started-on-connect/
@lizzy102, If you have a shareable pattern, I invite you to share it here.

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New favorite face mask pattern!
I have made and given away hundreds of face masks, over half to seniors, and do not ever use the ear loops – always elastic or ties around the head. With the pleated face masks, I have found they need a nose wire to stay firmly in place, and they are 1- a pain to add 2- good ones are hard to get and 3- some people have a hard time with them. I also find there are large gaps on the sides on many people, not optimal for stopping the spread of droplets. And some people find they collapse against the face when worn for longer times, making them uncomfortable. So I have been on the lookout for something as simple to make as the pleated mask, but better fitting.
Take a look at this mask: https://aplat.com/blogs/shus-notebook/diy-cloth-face-mask
Advantages: Super simple for even a novice seamstress to make, It does not need a nose wire to stay in position. It "cups" the face very well, giving a really close fit. When made with 3 layers or a crisp fabric, it doesn't collapse against the face when you breathe. You can insert a coffee filter or similar for extra protection. The ties can be placed in a number of different positions on your head, making it adaptable for many people. It can be made with elastic instead of ties if you prefer.
Tips for mask sewers: 36" or 42" shoelaces work perfectly as ties (47" must be for a really big guy!) Be sure to leave enough space for threading the cord when you sew the original seams. You can play with the depth of the folds or the distance of the last top stitching from the sides to fit larger and smaller faces. If interlined or interfaced, no extra filter needed.
Off to make another – I have a friend coming to walk with me!
Sue

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@sueinmn New note was that mask for summer should be of light colors and cotton. Also about eye drops just got on phone that non sterile eye drops made by ALTAIRI dont use non steril can cause damage to eyes. Walmart, Walgreen, CVS and other big drug stores

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@sueinmn

New favorite face mask pattern!
I have made and given away hundreds of face masks, over half to seniors, and do not ever use the ear loops – always elastic or ties around the head. With the pleated face masks, I have found they need a nose wire to stay firmly in place, and they are 1- a pain to add 2- good ones are hard to get and 3- some people have a hard time with them. I also find there are large gaps on the sides on many people, not optimal for stopping the spread of droplets. And some people find they collapse against the face when worn for longer times, making them uncomfortable. So I have been on the lookout for something as simple to make as the pleated mask, but better fitting.
Take a look at this mask: https://aplat.com/blogs/shus-notebook/diy-cloth-face-mask
Advantages: Super simple for even a novice seamstress to make, It does not need a nose wire to stay in position. It "cups" the face very well, giving a really close fit. When made with 3 layers or a crisp fabric, it doesn't collapse against the face when you breathe. You can insert a coffee filter or similar for extra protection. The ties can be placed in a number of different positions on your head, making it adaptable for many people. It can be made with elastic instead of ties if you prefer.
Tips for mask sewers: 36" or 42" shoelaces work perfectly as ties (47" must be for a really big guy!) Be sure to leave enough space for threading the cord when you sew the original seams. You can play with the depth of the folds or the distance of the last top stitching from the sides to fit larger and smaller faces. If interlined or interfaced, no extra filter needed.
Off to make another – I have a friend coming to walk with me!
Sue

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To print, you can copy the entire pattern, from materials through the end, open an empty Word doc, and paste the copy into it. If you really want to "smallify" it to four pages total, you can use Word's picture tools to crop the images (crop tool at far right of picture tools) and reduce the size of most of the images by pushing either right corner to the left.

I looks as though this pattern could be modified by using a single strap, attached at the center of each side, with a Velcro closure. Not as secure as two straps, but one strap below your ears is better for aids. I just saw this pattern; haven't tried it yet.

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@sueinmn

New favorite face mask pattern!
I have made and given away hundreds of face masks, over half to seniors, and do not ever use the ear loops – always elastic or ties around the head. With the pleated face masks, I have found they need a nose wire to stay firmly in place, and they are 1- a pain to add 2- good ones are hard to get and 3- some people have a hard time with them. I also find there are large gaps on the sides on many people, not optimal for stopping the spread of droplets. And some people find they collapse against the face when worn for longer times, making them uncomfortable. So I have been on the lookout for something as simple to make as the pleated mask, but better fitting.
Take a look at this mask: https://aplat.com/blogs/shus-notebook/diy-cloth-face-mask
Advantages: Super simple for even a novice seamstress to make, It does not need a nose wire to stay in position. It "cups" the face very well, giving a really close fit. When made with 3 layers or a crisp fabric, it doesn't collapse against the face when you breathe. You can insert a coffee filter or similar for extra protection. The ties can be placed in a number of different positions on your head, making it adaptable for many people. It can be made with elastic instead of ties if you prefer.
Tips for mask sewers: 36" or 42" shoelaces work perfectly as ties (47" must be for a really big guy!) Be sure to leave enough space for threading the cord when you sew the original seams. You can play with the depth of the folds or the distance of the last top stitching from the sides to fit larger and smaller faces. If interlined or interfaced, no extra filter needed.
Off to make another – I have a friend coming to walk with me!
Sue

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sueinmn, can I buy these already made anywhere?

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@joyces

To print, you can copy the entire pattern, from materials through the end, open an empty Word doc, and paste the copy into it. If you really want to "smallify" it to four pages total, you can use Word's picture tools to crop the images (crop tool at far right of picture tools) and reduce the size of most of the images by pushing either right corner to the left.

I looks as though this pattern could be modified by using a single strap, attached at the center of each side, with a Velcro closure. Not as secure as two straps, but one strap below your ears is better for aids. I just saw this pattern; haven't tried it yet.

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@joyces I'm sure it could be modified, but the beauty of this mask is the close (and thus effective) fit, which would be lost with single strap. My husband loves that with this mask, you can position each strap wherever it is comfortable for you, so one could easily do that and avoid hearing aids or an implant.
Sue

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@sparklegram

sueinmn, can I buy these already made anywhere?

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@sparklegram
I got one hepa filter mask from Etsy that has ties and also ordered hepa filters from Etsy. This particular person at Sewn
Adventures store also wears Behind the Ear heading aids. I ended up modifying that one because the ties were annoying and bought thin elastic for making jewelry at Michaels. I found that because this type of elastic is so thin the loops fit beautifully behind my ears…aids on first and then the loops behind the aids.
Etsy is making a ton of masks…I only wanted a USA made one and she shipped fast and will custom make as many of the Etsy stores do. She has friends who wear CIs and is making masks for them. You can choose such cute patterns too. You can narrow down the selection if you type in face masks for hearing aids or just type in face masks and go to town…there are so many.
I now have 2 with soft elastic loops that I can wear comfortably and one with ties.

FL Mary

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@imallears

@sparklegram
I got one hepa filter mask from Etsy that has ties and also ordered hepa filters from Etsy. This particular person at Sewn
Adventures store also wears Behind the Ear heading aids. I ended up modifying that one because the ties were annoying and bought thin elastic for making jewelry at Michaels. I found that because this type of elastic is so thin the loops fit beautifully behind my ears…aids on first and then the loops behind the aids.
Etsy is making a ton of masks…I only wanted a USA made one and she shipped fast and will custom make as many of the Etsy stores do. She has friends who wear CIs and is making masks for them. You can choose such cute patterns too. You can narrow down the selection if you type in face masks for hearing aids or just type in face masks and go to town…there are so many.
I now have 2 with soft elastic loops that I can wear comfortably and one with ties.

FL Mary

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Good morning Mary. Thank you for all of your information! After careful consideration, I've just ordered two masks from Etsy last week for my husband and me. They haven't arrived yet. With all of your wonderful information, if they aren't comfortable, I will be able to modify them. Thank you again!

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@imallears

@sparklegram
I got one hepa filter mask from Etsy that has ties and also ordered hepa filters from Etsy. This particular person at Sewn
Adventures store also wears Behind the Ear heading aids. I ended up modifying that one because the ties were annoying and bought thin elastic for making jewelry at Michaels. I found that because this type of elastic is so thin the loops fit beautifully behind my ears…aids on first and then the loops behind the aids.
Etsy is making a ton of masks…I only wanted a USA made one and she shipped fast and will custom make as many of the Etsy stores do. She has friends who wear CIs and is making masks for them. You can choose such cute patterns too. You can narrow down the selection if you type in face masks for hearing aids or just type in face masks and go to town…there are so many.
I now have 2 with soft elastic loops that I can wear comfortably and one with ties.

FL Mary

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@imallers. I have a friend that puts her rocks on there she paints on them She did one for me I took photo and put under Visual effects . I love Etsy

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