Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Applying Hair Spray?

Written by the Nano Hearing Aids Team
Reviewed for Accuracy by Lindsay Roberts, AuD.

Lindsay Roberts
Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Applying Hair Spray?

Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Applying Hair Spray?

Key Takeaways

  • Always remove hearing aids before using hair spray to prevent damage.
  • Wait for hair spray to completely dry before reinserting hearing aids.
  • Store hearing aids properly when not in use to avoid exposure to harmful substances.
  • Clean hearing aids regularly to maintain their functionality and longevity.
  • Consult with a hearing care professional for personalized advice on hearing aid care.

Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Applying Hair Spray?

When it comes to personal grooming, particularly styling hair with products like hair spray, those wearing over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids may wonder about the safety of keeping their devices in place during application. Given the delicate nature of hearing aids and their sensitivity to aerosols and chemicals, understanding the do’s and don’ts as well as best practices for their care during such routines is essential.

Do's and Don'ts for Wearing OTC Hearing Aids While Applying Hair Spray


  • Do remove your hearing aids before you start styling your hair.
  • Do let your hair spray fully dry before putting your hearing aids back in.
  • Do have a designated, safe place to store your hearing aids while they're out.


  • Don't apply hairspray or other aerosols near your hearing aids.
  • Don't store your hearing aids in the bathroom where they can be exposed to hairspray residue.
  • Don't neglect the importance of waiting for hairspray to dry before reinserting hearing aids.
  • Don't handle your hearing aids with sticky or residue-covered hands.
  • Don't forget to regularly check your hearing aids for any blockages or buildup.

OTC Hearing Aid Best Practices While Applying Hair Spray

Even though we've established that wearing hearing aids while applying hairspray is a no-go, there are still plenty of ways to ensure that your daily styling routine and hearing aid maintenance can coexist harmoniously.

Remove your hearing aid before using hair spray to avoid problems. 

Proper Removal and Storage Techniques

Before you even pick up that can of hairspray, take a moment to carefully remove your hearing aids. Turn them off to conserve battery life and gently wipe them down with a soft, dry cloth to remove any existing earwax or debris. This simple act of preparation can extend the life of your hearing aids significantly. Once removed, your hearing aids should be stored in a safe, dry place. A dedicated storage case is ideal because it not only protects your devices from physical damage but also keeps them clear of any airborne particles from hairspray or other styling products. If you're traveling or on the go, a small, hard-shelled container can serve as a temporary safe haven for your hearing aids.

Cleaning Your Hearing Aid After Hair Spray Exposure

If your hearing aids do come into contact with hairspray, prompt and proper cleaning is key. First, use a soft, dry cloth to wipe down the exterior of your hearing aids, removing any visible residue. For a more thorough clean, use a specialized hearing aid cleaning kit, which typically includes tools designed to clear any blockages from the microphone and speaker ports.

Example: Imagine you've accidentally sprayed your hair while your hearing aids were still in. You'd want to immediately remove them and clean them using the tools from your kit. The brush can sweep away particles from the surface, while the wax pick or wire loop can gently remove any clogs from the sound outlets. Remember, never use water, alcohol, or other cleaning agents on your hearing aids unless specified by the manufacturer. These substances can cause damage to the electronic components and may void your warranty.

After cleaning, it's always a good idea to check if your hearing aids are functioning correctly. Listen for any changes in sound quality and check if all the features are working as they should. If you notice any issues after cleaning, it may be time to consult with a hearing care professional for further advice or service.

Product Selection: What to Use and Avoid

Now that you know how to handle your hearing aids during your hairstyling routine, let's talk about what products you can use safely. When selecting hair care products, opt for non-aerosol alternatives like pump hair sprays, mousses, or gels. These are less likely to disperse fine particles into the air, which could land on and potentially damage your hearing aids.

  • Choose pump hair sprays over aerosols.
  • Select styling products that provide hold without the need for heavy spraying.
  • Avoid using hair dryers on high heat settings near your hearing aids to prevent warping or other heat damage.

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Being dependent on hearing aids doesn't mean sacrificing your personal style or daily routines. It's all about adapting and finding ways to make everything work together. By following the guidelines we've discussed, you can confidently style your hair without compromising the effectiveness of your hearing aids. Remember, the goal is to maintain your independence while ensuring the longevity of your hearing devices. With a little planning and the right techniques, you can keep your hearing aids in great shape and your hair looking just the way you like it.

And if you ever have doubts or questions about your hearing aids, don't hesitate to reach out to your hearing care professional. They're there to support you and provide you with the information you need to make the most out of your hearing aids.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can hairspray damage hearing aids?

Yes, hairspray can damage hearing aids by clogging microphone ports and corroding battery contacts. It's best to avoid using it while wearing your hearing aids.

How long should I wait after applying hairspray before putting my hearing aids back in?

Wait until the hairspray has completely dried, which can take several minutes. This will minimize the risk of hairspray particles coming into contact with your hearing aids.

What should I do if my hearing aids are exposed to hairspray?

If your hearing aids are exposed to hairspray, remove them immediately and clean them using a soft, dry cloth and the tools from your hearing aid cleaning kit. Avoid using water or alcohol to clean them.

Can I use a hair dryer while wearing hearing aids?

It's not recommended to use a hair dryer on a high heat setting near your hearing aids, as the heat can cause damage. If you need to use a hair dryer, remove your hearing aids first.

Are there any hair styling products that are safe to use with hearing aids?

Non-aerosol products like pump hair sprays, mousses, or gels are generally safer to use with hearing aids, as they are less likely to disperse fine particles that can damage the devices.

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