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GBMC - Masks and Hearing Loss

Posted at 1:41 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 13:41:18-05

The Presbyterian Board of Governors Cochlear Implant Center of Excellence at GBMC works with children and adults, along with their families and educators as they pursue cochlear implant candidacy testing or need audiologic and rehabilitative services for their current implant.

More than 50 million Americans have some form of hearing loss, and mask wearing has increased isolation and anxiety about communicating. If you are communicating with someone who has hearing loss in person while wearing a mask, it's important to speak slowly, clearly, and loudly to ensure you are understood. On a virtual platform, ask for mics to be muted unless speaking. Many virtual meeting platforms have captioning available, and there are apps that offer real-time captioning as well.

If you believe you may be suffering from hearing loss, you can use an app to take a test, then book your appointment here.