How to wear a face mask with hearing aids
It can be a little tricky wearing hearing aids with a face mask. Here are some simple hacks to make it easier to wear both a facemask with hearing aids comfortably together.
Use a mask that goes around the back of your head instead of looped around the ears. This is the simplest solution to wear a facemask with hearing aids easily.
If you have long hair that can be styled in a bun, wrap the elastic band around the bun.
Sew two buttons onto a piece of ribbon or fabric. Position the piece on the back of your head and hook the mask elastic to the buttons.
Sew two buttons onto a headband, higher than your ears. Anchor the mask elastic to the buttons.
How to communicate with a face mask
If you struggle with hearing, it can be especially challenging to hear sounds through a face mask. Voices sound muffled and you can no longer rely on lip reading to help you string words together.
When wearing a face mask, here are some tips on how to better communicate with someone with hearing difficulties.
These are masks that are fitted with a clear window. The transparent space helps enable lip reading and allows them to see facial expressions. Invest in a communicator mask or find resources available to help you make your own communicator mask.
Speaking slowly and clearly helps the brain process what is being said. It’s not about projecting as loudly as possible; shouting can distort the sound of words. If you still experience difficulty after repeating yourself, try rephrasing your message another way.
Use body language and visual cues
Point to things you are referring to and make meaningful gestures to help convey tone of message. Keep clear eye contact face-to-face.
Find a quieter environment
Reducing the background noise helps the person concentrate on the conversation without disruption from external noise. So where possible, move away from loud background sounds, or turn down the volume on the car radio.