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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031
Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

How The Hearing Loss Community Can Adapt to COVID-19 Life Changes

How The Hearing Loss Community Can Adapt to COVID-19 Life Changes
An unexpected side-effect of COVID-19 is how social distancing and other preventative measures have isolated the hearing loss community. As those who are hard-of-hearing, as well as the deaf community, rely heavily on visual cues when communicating, being cut off from face-to-face interaction can create barriers.

To help the hearing loss community tackle some of the new challenges that COVID-19 has created, our doctors of audiology have some adaptations you can implement.

Utilize Streaming Hearing Aids More

Many modern hearing aids are now equipped with Bluetooth, which enables you with the ability to stream audio directly to your hearing aids. With this ability, you can cut through interference that can occur on phone calls and stream them directly to your hearing aids.

Depending on your style of hearing aids, different devices will be compatible for Bluetooth streaming. Also, if you don’t have Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids but have a telecoil in your hearing aids, you may still be in luck. There are landlines and smartphones that are T-coil compatible, and when switched to the t-coil setting, you get much of the same benefits as streaming audio.

Advocate For Video Conferencing For Work And Personal

You may not realize it, but you likely use a good deal of lip-reading and facial cues when communicating with other people. This habit isn’t uncommon even in those who have intact hearing. So, if you need to conduct business or want to talk to multiple people at once from a distance, video conferencing is a better option than group phone calls.

Have Meeting Minutes Taken

Video conferencing isn’t immune to issues. Screen freezes can leave you struggling to keep up, as well as poor audio connection. If possible, request that someone with intact hearing keep meeting minutes to be disseminated after a video conference. That way, you won’t be left out of the loop just because someone’s screen acts up.

Remember, requesting these kinds of accommodations is not you asking for special favors. Under the Americans Disabilities Act, you can request reasonable accommodations from your employer so that you can do your job properly.

Maintain Hearing Aids Carefully

Routine tasks like wiping down your hearing aids every night with a soft cloth can be easy to skip, especially when there is a lot on your mind. However, it is important to stick to your hearing aid cleaning and home maintenance routine carefully to keep your hearing aids in top shape.

Also, if you have been putting off getting your hearing aids repaired, now may be the time to take them in for professional care. That way, you can be sure to have the best hearing possible.

Encourage The Use Of Clear Window Face Masks

For both yourself and others who are hard-of-hearing, encourage family, friends, and coworkers to use clear window face masks. There are currently none in stock for purchase, but there are instructions available to make these clear window masks.

Conduct As Much Business As Possible In Written Form

A good practice in general, conducting as much business as possible in written form allows you to not rely as heavily on your hearing, which may miss something important. While it may take a little longer to coordinate things, having a written record of what is going on can make things easier as business is conducted from home.

For communication faster than emails, using workflow communication platforms like Slack, HaySpace, Microsoft Teams, and other programs can streamline communication and make connecting with far-flung team members easier.

Invest In New Hearing Aids

Hearing aids generally last from 3-5 years, though you might be able to stretch out a pair for a bit longer than average. However, if you have been finding that your current hearing aids can’t keep up with your needs, it may be time to invest in new hearing aids.

Our doctors of audiology can help you find a new pair of hearing aids that fit your new hearing needs, lifestyle requirements, and budget. Also, if you are particularly interested in certain technology—like Bluetooth hearing aids—be sure to mention that to our audiologists during your hearing aid consultation.

Hearing & Balance Doctors Is Here For You

If you need assistance with your hearing aids or are in need of new ones altogether, you can contact us to arrange an appointment.

While we are still open, we are trying to space out appointments to help provide appropriate social distance to protect both you and our staff. Because, as we work together, we can all stay safe!

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