As we move through July, some new state-wide developments might be affecting those with a hearing loss more than others.
Governor Greg Abbot’s recent executive order means people in most counties across Texas now have to wear face masks while out in public.
Face coverings of any kind make it difficult for the hard of hearing to communicate because it restricts lip-reading – which is often essential.
But masks fitting over your ears are also posing plenty of problems, as they can tamper with devices or pull them out altogether. This week alone, we’ve had five patients lose a hearing aid by taking off their mask and not realizing their hearing aids came off with it!
The good news is, we have a few solutions.
First, those with ReSound technology, don’t forget about your ReSound Smart 3D app. Among other features, it has a “find my hearing aid program,” perfect for when one unexpectedly goes missing.
For those who have Starkey, Audibel, NuEar, MicroTech, or AGX hearing devices, the TruLink Hearing Control is your app. If you do not have these apps or need a refresher course in managing this feature, call our office, and we will help you out.
Second, we have found a solution in getting those masks out from behind your ears. See below and watch Collin show you how to use this nifty little tool. If you or a loved one could benefit from this device, give us a call.
They are a gift from us to you.
Finally, we have received our long-awaited shipment of clear masks. Many patients, spouses, adult children, and community members have asked how they could obtain these to make communication easier. We can now help out with that. Dr. Mangrem shows how below.
The team at Holland Hearing knows that life is tough for the hard of hearing currently. But hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to adapt to wearing a mask much more smoothly.
How Can I Help?
During this time, wide recognition of hearing loss is more important than ever. August will be the center’s “Hearing Health Awareness Month,” a great time to get involved.
It’s not only people who have lived long, fulfilling lives that develop a hearing loss. Younger generations are also seeing an increase as well.
So, your help is needed if you feel ready. Share your story, invaluable tips, or even chat with someone who is beginning their journey to better hearing.
Let them know that a hearing assessment is the first step towards better hearing. This can be conducted in the center or via the curbside service.
If you or someone else wants further information, contact the team at Holland Hearing and they’ll be happy to offer assistance.
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