The pandemic has led many people to consider whether they have a hearing loss.
One of the reasons for this has been the widespread use of face masks. These prevent lip-reading, which the hard of hearing often rely on to communicate without knowing.
But recently, experts have suggested that there may also be a direct link between the coronavirus and sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL). We wanted to share these findings with you.
What Did the Research Show?
The specialists, writing in the British Medical Journal, highlighted the case of a 45-year-old man who was admitted to an ICU after contracting the coronavirus.
He left the hospital following thirty days of treatment. But one week later, he witnessed a ringing sound in his left ear, and soon after, he lost hearing in it altogether.
The man didn’t have a known hearing loss prior to his coronavirus diagnosis, which led his doctors to believe that this illness was the root cause of his problem.
CNN recently reported that someone in the US had experienced something similar. And crucially, if you witness this issue, please seek assistance from our expert audiologists immediately.
Around half of all people with SSHL will recover part or all of their hearing, but you need to receive rapid treatment for this to take place.
While this outcome remains rare, other evidence suggests mild to moderate hearing loss resulting from the virus is more widespread.
So, if you’re recovering from the coronavirus, it’s important to get a hearing test. Call us at (281) 444-9800 to find out more information or to schedule an appointment
Updates from the office
While it’s likely to be different this year, we hope you enjoy a fantastic Thanksgiving celebration.
Just to remind you, North Houston Hearing Solutions will be closed on November 26 and 27. So if you need any supplies or assistance close to that date, please let us know in advance.
In addition, now is a great time to check how your insurance plan may change in 2021, as you could find that there are additional benefits that you can take advantage of.
Let our experts help you out with this by filling out a simple form on our website or calling us if you would like one-to-one assistance.
Six Ways to Help Hearing Aid Users When
Wearing Face Masks
Although face masks are helping to stop the spread of the virus, they have also been troubling for those who wear hearing aids, as they can make it hard to communicate with others.
However, we’re happy to say that Consumer Reports recently published a fantastic article that offers advice for those facing this issue.
They suggest hearing aid wearers:
1. Ask people to speak slowly and clearly – this is far more effective than when someone raises their voice and fails to enunciate their sentences.
2. Stand face to face when talking – as long as you remain six feet apart, experts suggest that eye contact can make a big difference during conversations.
3. Find the right mask – clear face masks are useful for lip reading, but research has also shown that cloth and surgical masks can make sounds easier to interpret.
4. Adjust your devices – hearing aids can be altered to help with these interactions; feel free to give us a call at the office if you want assistance with this!
5. Try out a transcription app – these days, there are smartphone apps, such as Dragon or Google Live, that will reproduce speech for you to read back.
6. Make meetings virtual – many hearing aids let you stream sounds via your smartphone, tablet, or computer, so this is a great way to stay in touch with others.
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