Hearing Aids On Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Hearing Aids On Shabbat 👂


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Question:

May one use hearing aids on Shabbat?


Answer:

One who is hard of hearing, may wear a hearing aid on Shabbat, as long as the volume is not adjusted, or not turned off, over the course of Shabbat. Additionally, if needed, it is permissible to take them out and put them back on, on Shabbat. [1]

It is permitted to use a hearing aid on Shabbat even if it automatically adjusts the volume depending on the loudness of the environment. [2]

However, some poskim are stringent one should follow one’s custom.


Sources:

[1]. Menuchat Ahavah 24:11, Yabia Omer 1:19(19), Minchat Yitzchak 2:17-8, 3:41, Minchat Shlomo 1:9, Tzitz Eliezer 6:6, Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchatah 34:28, Chazon Ovadiah, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 82 and vol. 5, p. 244.

[2]. Rav Asher Weiss in Minchat Asher 1:31:1 writes that using hearing aids which automatically adjust depending on your surrounding. In a quiet place it amplifies noise and in a loud place it lowers the amplification. He explains that it is permitted to use them and move around while wearing them since either that isn't considered your action that the device changed its functionality or that it is but it is permitted since the accomplishments of the change in voltage in the circuit are insignificant and don't violate makeh bpatish, boneh, or molid.


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