Lockdown life hacks

How do I wear a face covering with hearing aids or a cochlear implant?

Try to get a face coverings that has fabric ties or a Velcro fastening at the back of the head, rather than elastic straps that go around your ears.

Alternatively, you could try using a band extender such as:

  • Take a headband or a strip of fabric and sew on two buttons a few inches apart. Wear the headband, with the buttons at the back of your head, and attach the strings or bands of the covering, to the buttons. You should be able to adjust the headband to take any pressure off your ears.
  • Use a large paperclip at the back of your head to connect the face covering's strings or bands

Always remember to remove your mask careful so not to tug on or pull out your hearing aids.

How do I stop my glasses steaming up while wearing a face covering?

Try re-adjusting your face mask so it is tighter at the top, over your nose. Some people find that by putting a bit of washing up liquid or shaving foam on the frames of your glasses stops them steaming up too.

How can I make things easier for myself when talking to someone who is wearing a face covering?

Be prepared to ask people to write things down – even if its just in a mobile phone. You might want to carry a small notepad and pen around with you in case you need to use this method.

What should I expect when I go to my routine appointments?

If your routine appointment was cancelled due to Coronavirus, we don’t yet know when it will be rescheduled for. If you do have an appointment but feel uneasy about attending, we suggest you call the clinic for advice.

If you do have to go to your clinic, it is highly likely that things will be a bit different. Social distancing measures will be put into place, there is likely to be fewer people around and staff will be wearing face masks. You might also want to consider wearing a face mask. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before and after entering the clinic.

How can I communicate from two meters apart when I can’t see or hear well?

Try using a personal listening device such as a Minitec. These are available from online retailers.

Where can I get local/extra help/support from?

Contact Deafblind UK and we can put you in touch with local organisations and voluntary groups that will be able to support you further if you need it.

How can I be guided by someone and follow social distancing rules?

There is no easy way to do this. If the person who is guiding you lives with you, then there is no need to stay two meters apart. If they don’t live with you then discuss the matter with them, how comfortable are you both with the close contact? Have either of you been in contact with anyone else? Products such as Ramble Tag will allow you to keep some distance from each other, but it is unlikely to be 2 meters. If you have no choice but to have close contact with someone then make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before and after the contact and consider wearing face masks.