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As a behind-the-ear hearing aid user I entirely agree with Isabelle Williams that guidance is needed regarding PPE. A particular issue arises with the now almost universal face masks with elasticated ear loops. Combining these with spectacles means that doffing PPE risks either firing the hearing aid across the room, or more significantly into the contaminated waste bin, or alternatively getting the items tangled up leading to them being dragged across the face or handled on the potentially contaminated outer surface. As most failures of PPE occur in the doffing procedure this puts users at increased risk.
It is currently very difficult to source face masks with ties rather than elastics, and even those sold with ties may be replaced by a box with elastic as we have experienced.
Provision of tied face masks for hearing aid users is a reasonable adaptation under the Equality Act and I would emphasise the need for employers to ensure they are available. In this Practice a great deal of effort was needed to identify and obtain appropriate supplies for me to use and I hope other Practices and Trusts are working as hard.