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8 Adar I 5765

Hearing Aid on Shabbat

Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

Can you change a hearing aid battery on Shabbat? I read on this site that its okay to carry crutches outside of the Eruv if you cant walk otherwise without them. So shouldnt you also be able to change the battery if you cant hear otherwise without it?

Carrying on Shabbat is permissible even without an Eruv if the item is in a way part of your body or an essential need (under certain circumstances) - like clothing, that's the reason crutches are permissible in the above case, its not that the laws of Shabbat do not apply to disabled people.
Changing a battery is an electronic action that is prohibited on Shabbat for the connecting of the electric circuit in the device.

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