Anything can come in direct contact with a hearing aid (be it a hijab, a hood, or a hat) can produce noise. Wearing a hijab affect hearing aids because hijab directly contacts with hearing aid and due to closeness it can generate noise. Generally, if it rubs against the hearing aid mics. This difficulty more occurs in behind the ear (BTE) hearing aid as compared to in the ear (ITE) hearing aid type.
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These effect on hearing aid depends on the particular type, size, and material used in the hearing aids. It means anything which is close to the hearing aid can stop the sound. As a result, it can affect the hearing ability and increase the level of hearing loss.
A thin scarf would typically have minimal impact, a more thick material interfere with sound reaching the mics, could cause feedback, especially in open-fit hearing aids, and possibly create a deep hole in the space between the covering and the hearing aid.
But wearing hijab have a minimum effect on hearing but specialist prefer when you wear hijab use open-fit hearing aids. There is also different wireless external mic available so you can use them.
Another thought is that hearing aids can susceptible to damage or impaired performance due to contact with moisture, involving sweating sweat. A head-covering material could potentially increase this risk. But it could be minimized again by use of a protective cover (e.g. hearing aid sweatbands, Ear Gear, etc.)
Hair and Scarf Styles for Safety and Comfort
Try cutting your hair shorter so that it is no longer than your lower neck or shoulders. That way it stays under your hijab without needing to be tied up. This is a particularly good option for those with disabilities affecting their upper limb function, stamina, or personal care skills because it requires much less care and time than longer hair.
Types of braids/plaits that distribute your hair well. And keep it flush against your head can be good for using a headrest in vehicles. The hair tie or elastic must be used at the very end of your hair, not near your head, or the same problem will occur as with ponytails.
Try pigtails. This may sound childish but we are talking about under your hijab remember? No one will see it. It keeps your hear tied, in control and under your hijab, whilst leaving no bump on the back of your head or neck.
What not to do or use
- Ponytails: These create a large protruding raise at the back of your head or nack
- Buns: These create a large protruding bulge at the back of your head or neck
- French twist: These create a large protruding bulge at the back of your head or neck
- Hair sticks: these stick us a lot. When you use your headrest you risk them stabbing into your neck or head when you brake heavily, go over a bump, or are in a collision.
- Large hair clips/ clamshells/ claw clips: these sticks out and cause a large lump. You also do not want to be pulling bits of it out of your scalp after heavy braking or a collision forces your head back against the headrest.
- Pins at the back of your head: You do not want those stabbing into your head when your head gets pushed back against the headrest.
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