Social distancing rules, in the wake of COVID-19, have made considerable impacts on our communities. While we all agree that preventing the spread of Coronavirus is essential to our community’s well-being, it’s important that we don’t forget about the effects of such isolation on all community members, especially hearing impaired individuals.
Social isolation has been linked to an increase in physical and mental health conditions. People with hearing loss are more likely to experience these effects. For that reason, it is crucially-important to continue wearing your hearing devices during this time.
Wear Your Hearing Aids
If you have hearing aids, make sure you are wearing them every day. We may tend to feel it’s not necessary to wear them when “no one will be around”. However, research has shown that keeping your brain engaged with your environment will keep you healthier. Even though we’re staying home, we still need to stay aware and engaged!
Utilize Your Accessories
Some newer models of hearing aids may work with your favorite digital devices and wireless accessories to keep you connected. Smartphones and apps can allow you to stream phone calls and music directly to your hearing aids. Additionally, some hearing aids have wireless TV accessories that can be connected to stream directly from the television.
Finally, you may also benefit from closed captions on your television and phone. Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center can connect you with a home telephone-provider that features live captions.
All of these accessories and features of your hearing aid are designed to keep you connected with your loved ones. And they are especially important during this time.
We are all trying to “figure out our new normal” in the ever-changing COVID-19 world. As we have been for 53 years, Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center is here for you. If you have questions or concerns, as they relate to your hearing health, please reach out to your Audiologist. We’re here to help!
Blog written by Julie Palazzolo, M.A., CCC-A. Julie is an Audiologist at Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center.