Good Hearing: a must in times of Coronavirus

16 Apr 2020News

Owing to the current social distancing and stay-at-home regulations, being able to hear well has never been more important in keeping social isolation at bay.

Where in the recent past you may have communicated with family, friends and work colleagues face-to-face, you are now needing to chat to people at a greater physical distance, via a landline or mobile phone, via Skype, Zoom or other methods of video-chatting / conferencing.

Moreover, with less opportunity for social interaction, reliance on TV, other screen technology and music-listening has become more important.

How can you ensure you are maximising your hearing potential during this challenging time?

  • Make sure your hearing aids continue to be optimal. If listening has become more effortful, if you are straining to hear what is being said, perhaps your hearing thresholds have changed and it may be time to pop in for a hearing test, or for a hearing aid adjustment. Get in touch with your Audiologist for advice if you think this may be the case.
  • If even with optimal hearing aids you are finding it a challenge to hear over your landline/mobile phone, to listen to TV or music, or participate in video-chatting/conferencing, please know that you may benefit from some accessories which can stream sound directly from your phone, TV, videocalls or music system to your hearing aids via Bluetooth.

Your audiologist is available to discuss the various hearing technology that can eliminate such problems, so contact him/her at your earliest convenience.

During this period of Coronavirus when there may be an increased need to communicate with various organisations and service providers, you will have peace of mind knowing detailed instructions and important points within a conversation have been understood clearly.

To assist you in communicating and remaining socially connected, let us revisit some of the practical Communication Strategies that can be employed in face-to-face and other situations:

  • Eliminate or reduce background noise to a minimum.
  • You may choose to remind your communication partner you have a hearing loss – I can’t hear as fast as you can talk!
  • Ask the speaker to face you, keep hands away from their face and speak a little more slowly.
  • Interrupt the conversation as soon as you’ve not understood and ask the speaker to repeat or rephrase what’s been said.
  • It may be helpful to remind the speaker to state the topic up front.

We trust this information will assist you in making the most of a challenging period.Please feel free to contact us on 1300 761 667 or  book online  for assistance with any of your hearing and communication needs.