Consider a face mask with a clear window, which can make reading lips easier.
Social distancing and face masks are necessary for preventing the spread of COVID-19. But they can also make communication more difficult for the 37.5 million U.S. adults with hearing problems.
Masks make it difficult for individuals who are hard-of-hearing to read lips and see facial expressions that help them understand what others are saying. Masks and social distancing also muffle or soften voices, making it tough to understand speech even for people with normal hearing.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has a helpful guide on best practices for communicating during COVID-19. Below are a few key takeaways:
Source: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication DisordersImage credit: Adobe Stock
February 09, 2021
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