Chapel Hill Audiologist Dr. Anita Carroll talks about the increase in lost or damaged hearing aids from face masks and pets during Covid-19. Hearing aids can accidentally pull off your ears when you remove your face mask – without even knowing it!
Be sure to double check that your hearing aid is still in place after you remove your mask. Do this as soon as you remove your mask so you don’t forget where you were. Otherwise – if you wait, it may be too late to find your hearing aid.
The best way to deal with this is to take a hair clip, trash tie or large paper clip (be creative!) and connect the ear loops of the face mask behind your head rather than over your ears where it will entangle your hearing aid.
Keep an eye out for pets – especially puppies as well! With all the time spent at home snuggling and enjoying our pets, be on the lookout for those little nuzzlers! They will nuzzle and chew on your hearing aid and you won’t even know it! They LOVE to chew on hearing aids – so beware it doesn’t end up in a chewed up ball of electronics.
Losing or damaging your hearing aid can be a really big deal and people get really anxious when they can’t hear. Especially under our current Covid-19 circumstances. People become even more isolated because they can’t hear – and that’s the way we are connecting with each other!
So – keep track of your hearing aids and let us know if it has been lost or damaged while in quarantine. We can help!
Dr. Anita Carroll is a licensed Audiologist and owner of Hearing Solutions in the Triangle, PLLC with over 25 years of experience. Need some hearing aid tips – she can be contacted here. If you’re looking to test hearing or improve listening skills visit our online scheduling here.
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