If you’ve recently visited our social media or website, you may have seen a lot of fuss about “Hearing Health Awareness Month.”
So, what is the purpose of this and why is it more crucial now than it ever has been before?
We’ve learned that face masks and hearing loss don’t mix very well. The inability to lip read or depend on facial cues due to the masks has caused many people to reevaluate their communication techniques.
“Hearing Health Awareness Month” aims to help educate and inspire our community to take the first step to better hearing.
Could You Be a Hearing Loss Hero?
If you’ve been around a loved one or a friend recently and noticed a change in their hearing, now is the perfect time to help them to begin their journey to better hearing.
How can you help them? By sharing your hearing loss story to inspire them to take that first step in booking a hearing assessment.
The team is looking for people like you to share personal experiences of hearing loss with the world.
This is your chance to encourage members of our community to make the right decision. If you can help, please reply to this email, and we’ll send you further information.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
What’s New at Holland Hearing?
Last month, we handed out 76 complimentary “ear savers” to our patients and community members who wear hearing aids to help make wearing masks and hearing aids at the same time possible.
We also have provided 27 clear masks to loved ones of hard of hearing patients as well as school teachers and grocery store employees.
Recently, 14 lost hearing aids were reported to us due to mishaps with face masks. We have clear face masks, ear savers, and loaners available immediately if a hearing aid is lost due to wearing masks.
So don’t hesitate to call us if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.
For your safety and convenience, digital online forms are now available on our website. You can also submit a question or request assistance online.
Additionally, we are offering expedited shipping of hearing aid supplies to those who cannot come into the office or utilize our curbside service.
Why Face Masks Hinder Sign Language
During the pandemic, face masks have created a new challenge for people with a hearing loss – especially for those who exclusively use American Sign Language.
Lori Whynot, a Northeastern University professor who interprets for the governor of Massachusetts, recently shared why facial expressions are key to this language.
Wearing a mask while signing “is like listening to a muffled message,” she explained to [email protected], with mouth movements key to “modifying verbs and nouns.”
This explains why it’s particularly important for sign language translators to show their faces when on TV. However, clear face coverings remain crucial for daily communication as well.
If face masks are making communication difficult due to your hearing loss, then contact the team. They’d be happy to help you source transparent protection.
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