Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Using a Hearing Aid on Shabbat

Using a Hearing Aid on Shabbat
Day: Tuesday
Date: June 9, 2015
Parshat: Shilah
Yalkut Yosef: 328

Using a hearing aid is not included in the Rabbinic prohibition against healing on Shabbat and is therefore entirely permissible as long as it was turned on before Shabbat. Since it may be used, it is also okay remove it and put it back into one's ear on Shabbat. Of course, no mechanical adjustments can be made when doing so. It goes without saying that it is entirely permissible to talk to a person who is wearing hearing aid. A regular hearing aid which is entirely inside or around the area of the ear may be taken out into a reshut harabim as well. However, if there is another part that that goes in his pocket for example, there are poskim who allow that as well as long as he secures it to his pocket with a safety pin. It is forbidden to switch the battery on Shabbat.

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