Due to Covid, mask-wearing is making it increasingly difficult to hear and understand what others are saying. If you suspected you had a hearing problem prior to mask wearing, you may be struggling to hear even more so.
Some of the usual visual clues, such as mouth movement and lip reading, are no longer helpful because this part of the face is now covered with a mask. Add in social distancing and lowered volume through a mask and it can be incredibly challenging for someone with a hearing loss to hear and understand at times.
The HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America) recommends implementing improved communication strategies by doing the following:
- Self – disclose your hearing loss or hearing problem
- Have others anticipate potential questions and vocabulary from you
- Ask others to speak louder with good enunciation
- Request that when speaking, others rephrase to ensure you understand
- You should observe visual cues from eyes and eyebrows
- You should repeat or share what you think you heard
The tips above may help, but if your hearing problem is affecting your day-to-day activities and communication, it may be time for a hearing test. With a hearing test we will be able to determine if your hearing problem can we helped with hearing amplification (hearing aids). No one should have to struggle to hear, call us today to see how we can help.