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ASHA Notes Challenge to Hearing Impaired Wearing Masks

As government and public health officials increasingly recommend the practice of wearing two masks to help protect against new and more contagious variants of COVID-19, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) announced that it is encouraging the public to be aware of the undue challenges that this measure will pose to people who are deaf or hard of hearing—and to take some simple steps to make communication more effective for the roughly 48 million Americans with hearing loss.

‘Unmasking’ Benefits for Hearing Aid Users in Challenging Listening Environments

During the COVID-19 pandemic, health and government officials are encouraging or even mandating community-wide face mask wearing to reduce potential pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic transmission of the virus to others. This practice, in combination with social distancing (ie, keeping >6 feet apart), has helped decrease spread of the virus, but it has also provided a barrier to clear, empathetic communication, particularly for those with hearing loss.

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Center for Hearing and Communication to Hold ‘CHC’s Communication Tips to Get You Through Holiday Celebrations’ Webinar November 18

Noisy gatherings, rapid banter, and cross talk at holiday tables and parties have always made the holiday season challenging for people with hearing loss. Now the pandemic is requiring many of us to adapt our traditional ways of celebrating. How will you manage hearing loss in virtual and in-person settings?

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