Due to COVID-19, face masks have become common since they are required to help stop the spread. However, while wearing a face mask may be necessary, this has put those with a hearing impairment in a precarious situation. Wearing a face mask can make it a challenge for a hard of hearing person to understand what another person is saying since the ability to read lips has been diminished. If that wasn’t enough, wearing a face mask with hearing aids can also cause problems. A face mask’s ear loops can tug on hearing aids, causing the hearing aid to come off the ear.
Wearing a face mask with hearing aids can be quite the challenge, especially if you wear behind-the-ear hearing aids. While it is recommended that you speak to your hearing care provider regarding this issue, following these helpful tips for wearing a face mask with hearing aids may help you find some balance.