Wearing Required Masks Can Make You Lose Your Hearing Aids

And if you also wear glasses it is even worse. There are some tactics that will prevent or minimize the likelihood of loss. And if you have hearing aids that are fully into the ear, for example, the Eargo models, there is very little likelihood that you would lose them. But if you are wearing a style that doesn’t have ear loops, such as the Milwaukee Face Shield Gaiter 4223R, you only have to worry about your glasses. Alternatively, you could purchase a NeoSensory Buzz hearing aid, which is worn on your wrist.

Tiny New Eargo Hearing Aids Have Big Financial and Advertising Backing

As hearing aid technology marches forward, more and more hearing aids don’t need audiologists to prescribe and service. The tiny in-the-ear Eargo hearing aids, which are rechargeable on the go, were designed in Silicon Valley and financed in Wall Street. This new company’s three models have already garnered a bunch of impressive reviews. And with the choice of the Huge as Eargo’s creative agency of record Eargo is sparing no efforts to become one of the leading hearing aid manufacturers.

You Can Hear Better Using an iPhone or Apple Watch

Apple products offer a wide range of capabilities thanks to its hardware and apps. Among those apps are ways to hear better.

For those wearing hearing aids made by major manufacturers Oticon, Resound, Starkey, or Widex, they can use the Apple Watch app.

And those people not wearing hearing aids can use Apple AirPods.

One of the reasons that people who are hard of hearing don’t wear hearing aids is that they don’t want others to think they are “over the hill”. But Apple AirPod users are unlikely to feel that way, nor are Apple Watch wearers (there’s an April 5, 2018, YouTube on CNET called “Can hearing aids be as hip as the Apple Watch?”)

Bone Conduction Headphones Are Not Only for Listening to Music

People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing often have a variety of ailments. Because no one technology works for all of them, such people need to match their ailment with the best technology for them. It appears that conventional hearing aids manufactured by one of the “Big Six” are often not the best. One of the other alternatives is “Bone Conduction Headphones.”

Hearing Aids Can Take Advantage of the Same Custom Earpieces Used for Listening to Music

Ears come in all sizes and shapes, but hearing aids usually come with only two or three sizes. We wondered if Pixel Buds or AirPods used for listening to smartphones or similar products, such as Custom Earplugs by Selective Sounds, could be adapted to be used with hearing aids. Our search found a few that appear to be good possibilities:

Face Mask Removal May Cause Lost Hearing Aids

From Pacific Hearing Service (with offices in Menlo Park and Los Altos, California), which is the winner of the 2019 Leo Doerfler Award from the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, comes this advice.

  •  Be extra mindful when putting your mask on and taking it off.
  •  Immediately check that both hearing aids are in place after putting your mask on or taking it off.
  • If your hearing aids are smartphone compatible, make sure you have the correct hearing aid app downloaded so that you can track their location.
  • We recommend changing the location services for the hearing aid app to “Always” so it will always track your location whether you are using the app or not, if you feel comfortable with those privacy settings.

Most Hearing Aids Are Not Actually Used – Part 2

Why? The folks at Senior Planet, a group of active 60+ people found a bunch of reasons:

1. Hearing Aids Are Too Expensive

2. Hearing Aids Are Unattractive  

3. Hearing Aids Don’t Help   

4. Hearing Aids Are Uncomfortable

5. Hearing Aids Batteries Are Hard to Handle

6. Hearing Aids Are Easy to Lose

7. Hearing Aids Make Me Feel/Look Old

In summary, there are two groups of reasons: the appearance and performance of hearing aids themselves and the difficulty of using and keeping track of them.

There is a school of thought that hearing aids should be large and visible, so that persons conversing with the wearer are well aware of his/her hearing difficulty.