Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Having X-Rays?

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

Lindsay Roberts
Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Having X-Rays?

Key Takeaways

  • Always consult your hearing aid manual or healthcare provider about wearing hearing aids during X-rays.
  • Dental X-rays typically do not require the removal of hearing aids, but always ask your dentist to be sure.
  • After any X-ray procedure, check your hearing aids to ensure they are functioning properly.
  • Communicate with your medical professionals about your hearing aids before any procedure.

Can I Wear OTC Hearing Aids While Having X-Rays?

X-rays are a common diagnostic tool, and knowing how to manage your hearing aids during these procedures is important. Overall, it is usually safe to wear hearing aids during most X-rays, however, in some cases, they can show up on X-ray images and may obscure the view of the area being examined. In any case, it is necessary to consult with your healthcare provider before the procedure.


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Dos and Don'ts for Wearing OTC Hearing Aids While Having X-Rays


  • Consult your hearing aid's user manual for specific instructions regarding X-rays.
  • Ask the X-ray technician or your healthcare provider if you should remove your hearing aids.
  • Check your hearing aids after the procedure to make sure they're still working correctly.


  • Don't assume all X-ray procedures are the same; some may require you to remove your hearing aids while others may not.
  • Don't ignore the advice of healthcare professionals; if they recommend removing your hearing aids, do so.
  • Don't forget to put your hearing aids back in after the X-ray procedure to ensure you can communicate effectively.

OTC Hearing Aid Best Practices While Having X-Rays

It is usually safe to wear hearing aids during a dental X-ray.

Communicating with Medical Professionals About Your Hearing Aids

When you have a medical appointment that may involve X-rays, make it a point to inform the medical staff about your hearing aids. They can provide you with the most accurate advice based on the type of imaging you'll undergo. Besides that, they may also offer additional tips on how to protect your hearing aids or provide a secure place for them during the procedure.

Maintaining Hearing Aid Function Post-X-Ray

After undergoing an X-ray procedure, you'll want to make sure that your hearing aids are still functioning as they should be. Turn them on and listen for the usual indicators that they're working. If you notice any changes in performance, contact your hearing aid provider for advice. 

Your Guide to OTC Hearing Aids and X-Ray Procedures

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There's a wide range of X-ray procedures, from dental checkups to full-body scans. Knowing which procedures might require the removal of your hearing aids is essential. For standard X-rays, such as those done on your chest or arms, you'll often be able to keep your hearing aids in. Dental X-rays usually don't pose a risk either, but always ask your dentist to be sure. 

However, when it comes to MRI scans, the rules change. The powerful magnetic fields used in MRI can not only damage your hearing aids but also pose a significant safety risk. Therefore, it's a firm rule that hearing aids must be removed before undergoing an MRI. Additionally, if you're having a CT scan, it's a good idea to ask the technician beforehand. CT scans use X-rays, but the intensity and the technology behind them differ from standard X-rays, so the protocol for hearing aids might also differ.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can X-rays damage my hearing aids?
It's unlikely that standard X-rays will damage your hearing aids, but the risk varies depending on the type of X-ray and the technology of your hearing aids. Always check the manufacturer's guidelines or consult with your healthcare provider to be sure.

Do I need to remove my hearing aids for a dental X-ray?
Dental X-rays generally don't require the removal of hearing aids. However, ask your dentist for their recommendation, as they know the specifics of the X-ray equipment they use.

Is it safe to wear hearing aids immediately after an X-ray procedure?

Yes, you can safely put your hearing aids back on immediately after the X-ray procedure. There is no residual radiation or electromagnetic interference that would affect the functioning of your hearing aids.

How can I communicate my hearing needs during an X-ray procedure if I can't wear my hearing aids?

Inform the medical staff about your hearing impairment before the procedure. They can make accommodations to communicate effectively with you, such as using written instructions, lip reading, or visual cues.

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