#HearingFactFriday: Face masks are good, but make hearing extra hard

If you’re struggling to hear and understand what those around you are saying, take comfort, because you are definitely not alone.

According to studies, half of people over 60 have hearing loss bad enough to impact everyday communication — and that was BEFORE everyone started wearing masks.

No, wearing masks does not increase the number of people with hearing loss. But it does make everyday communication significantly more difficult — and not just for those with “clinically meaningful” hearing loss. Or those 60 plus.

That’s because reading lips is a key part of how even normal-hearing people process and register what others are saying. Certainly it isn’t necessary to hearing them, but it goes a long way to making “hearing” easier.

So when you add in mask wearing, the struggle for those with hearing loss is magnified even more — meaning the need for amplification has never been more important than it is now.

Hearing aids, of course, can help. Their key job is to amplify sounds and make hearing easier for those with hearing loss.

If mask wearing is making it tougher for you to communicate easily, we can help. Just call 1-888-908-1845 or click here and we’ll set up a consultation with an authorized hearing healthcare professional near you who can help you try the latest hearing aid technology for yourself.

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By Starkey Hearing