Effects of Protective Measures against COVID-19 on Auditory Communication for People with Hearing Loss

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Abstract

WHO has recommended various measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including mask-wearing and physical distancing. However, these changes impair communication for individuals with hearing loss. We investigated the changes in auditory communication associated with COVID-19 measures in 269 patients (male: 45.7%, female: 54.3%, median age: 54 y.o.). Most patients with hearing loss had difficulty engaging in auditory communication with people wearing masks, especially in noisy surroundings or with physical distancing. These difficulties were noticeable in patients with severe hearing loss. Developing communication support strategies for people with hearing loss is an urgent need while COVID-19 measures are in place

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-516
Number of pages6
JournalActa medica Okayama
Volume75
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • communication problem
  • coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • hearing loss
  • mask
  • physical distance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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