Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Having CT Scans?

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

Lindsay Roberts
Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Having CT Scans?

Key Takeaways

  • It's essential to remove over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids before undergoing a CT scan to prevent potential damage to the devices.
  • Communication with medical staff is still possible without hearing aids during a CT scan, and alternative strategies can be employed.
  • After the CT scan, it's crucial to check your hearing aids for functionality before using them again.
  • Understanding the potential interactions between medical imaging technology and hearing aids helps in preparation for scans.
  • Storing hearing aids properly during medical procedures ensures their safety and longevity.

Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Having CT Scans?

Simply put, no, you shouldn't wear over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids during a CT scan. The reason is that the X-ray radiation from the CT scan can potentially harm the electronic components of your hearing aids. Besides that, metal parts in the devices could interfere with the imaging. But don't worry, you won't be left in silence. The technicians have ways to communicate with you during the scan. 

Before the scan, the medical staff will guide you on what to do. They'll likely ask you to remove your hearing aids along with any other metal objects. This is to ensure clear images are obtained. If you're feeling anxious about not hearing instructions during the scan, let the staff know. They're there to help and can make accommodations to communicate with you effectively.


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Dos and Don'ts for Wearing OTC Hearing Aids While Having CT Scans


  • Remove your hearing aids before the scan.
  • Inform the staff if you have concerns about hearing their instructions.
  • Store your hearing aids safely during the scan.
  • Check your hearing aids for functionality after the scan.


  • Don't leave your hearing aids unsecured.
  • Don't assume the staff knows about your hearing aids.
  • Don't forget to put your hearing aids back on after the scan.
  • Don't worry about communication; the staff will assist you.

OTC Hearing Aid Best Practices While Having CT Scans

Make sure you take off your OTC hearing aids during a CT scan

Preparing for a CT Scan With OTC Hearing Aids

When you're gearing up for a CT scan and you use OTC hearing aids, there are a few steps you should take to ensure everything goes smoothly. 

First, bring a case or a secure container to store your hearing aids during the scan. This will protect them from potential loss or damage. Next, inform the medical staff that you are wearing hearing aids. They will tell you when to remove them and provide you with a safe place to keep them. Also, consider bringing a family member or friend to the appointment. They can help you communicate with the staff and keep track of your hearing aids. Lastly, make sure you have all the information about your hearing aids, like the model and type, in case the medical team has specific questions or instructions for you.

Alternative Communication Strategies in the Absence of Hearing Aids

Communication during a CT scan without hearing aids is a common concern, but there are several strategies that can help. Before the scan, discuss with the staff how they can best communicate with you. They might use hand signals or write down instructions to ensure you understand what's happening. Here are some tips:

  • Agree on hand signals for "yes," "no," and "I don't understand."
  • Request written instructions for any pre-scan preparations.
  • Make sure the staff knows the best way to get your attention if needed.

These simple steps can significantly reduce any anxiety you might feel about not being able to hear during the procedure. Remember, the medical staff is there to support you, and they're familiar with accommodating patients with varying needs.

Post-CT Scan Hearing Aid Re-Evaluation

Once your CT scan is complete, it's time to retrieve your hearing aids. Before popping them back in, do a quick check. Make sure there's no visible damage, and that they turn on properly. Listen for any changes in the sound quality or volume. If you notice anything unusual, it's best to contact your audiologist or the hearing aid manufacturer for advice.

It's also a good idea to schedule a follow-up appointment with your audiologist. They can perform a more thorough check-up of your hearing aids and ensure they're still programmed correctly for your hearing needs.

Decoding the Guidance on Hearing Aids during CT Scans

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When it comes to diagnostic imaging, the guidance on hearing aids is pretty straightforward: remove them to avoid damage. But why is this the case? The x-ray radiation used in CT scans can interfere with the electronic components of your hearing aids, potentially causing malfunctions or even permanent damage. Additionally, any metal in your hearing aids can distort the CT images, leading to inaccurate results. Therefore, the best practice is always to remove your hearing aids before the scan.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can the Radiation from a CT Scan Damage OTC Hearing Aids?

Yes, the radiation from a CT scan can potentially damage OTC hearing aids. The x-ray radiation can affect the electronic circuitry and the overall functionality of the devices. That's why it's crucial to remove them before your scan.

Is It Safe to Wear OTC Hearing Aids Through Airport Security Scanners?

Generally, it is safe to wear OTC hearing aids through airport security scanners. These scanners use non-ionizing radiation, which is not known to harm hearing aids. However, always follow the advice of security personnel if they request that you remove them.

How Should I Store OTC Hearing Aids When Not in Use During Medical Procedures?

When you're not using your hearing aids during medical procedures, store them in a hard-shell case to protect them from physical damage. Keep them away from heat sources and moisture, and make sure they're in a place where they won't be forgotten or lost.

Can I Use OTC Hearing Aids Immediately After a CT Scan?

Yes, you can use your OTC hearing aids immediately after a CT scan, provided they were stored safely and show no signs of damage. Always perform a quick functional check before using them again.

What Precautions Should I Take if I Have a Programmable OTC Hearing Aid?

If you have a programmable OTC hearing aid, make sure to back up your settings before the CT scan, if possible. After the scan, verify that the settings remain intact. If you notice any changes or issues, contact your audiologist for assistance.

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