Wearing a mask and hearing problems

It has never been more important to stay connected to the people around you, but public health measures can be a problem for relaxed conversations.

It may be even harder for you to hear someone now because they are wearing a mask – we have solutions that will help you. Contact us today to find out how we can help you, and feel free to schedule a free hearing test at your nearest Audio BM branch.

During the growing impact of the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic, our thoughts are with those affected by this situation. We believe that our priority is to protect the health and safety of our customers, as well as Audio BM employees. Therefore, we carefully follow the recommendations of local authorities and take all precautions to reduce the risk of infection.

Please listen to some of our well-intention-ed advice … Wearing masks is a small problem for most people, while for people with hearing impairments it is a serious obstacle in managing everyday communication. Relying on facial expressions and reading from the lips is now completely disabled. Even for people who do not have hearing impairment, wearing a mask is a certain difficulty in understanding speech.

Masks also filter the sound of our speech and, depending on the material they are made of, reduce the volume of speech from 3 to 12 dcB. Here are some suggestions to help anyone who has these problems, especially those who use hearing aids:

  • If you have family members who use masks when visiting you who wear hearing aids – ask them to use transparent visors that can be obtained in pharmacies
  • Modern hearing aids have a treble reduction program, consult your acoustician to re-program your hearing aid software and make a new adjustment
  • Use Audio BM accessories in the form of a wireless microphone with which you can equip your visiting interlocutor. Activate this option in your hearing aid. The range for receiving voice to your hearing aid, and via a wireless microphone, is up to 30 m
  • If you do not use a hearing aid, and you feel that you have a problem understanding the speech of the people around you – now is the best time to help yourself and try one of the Audio BM aids, completely free for 7 days, and of course test your hearing in your nearest Audio BM branches.

We wish you good health and good hearing!

 

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