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Tips on Social Distancing as a Person with Hearing Loss

The restrictions on movement brought by the coronavirus pandemic has made it even more challenging for people with hearing loss to communicate and connect with others. Just imagine wanting to enjoy conversations with family and friends yet not being able to because of quarantine restrictions. Your frustrations may be greater because before you started wearing hearing aids, you couldn’t communicate well with others.

 

But don’t get carried away by your emotions about being cooped up at home when you want to be socializing. You can still socialize with family and friends while still adopting social distancing measures, as well as enjoy your time in quarantine. Here are a few tips that we think are effective.

 

Use Technology to Stay Connected

We live at a time when technology makes it so fast and easy to communicate with people halfway around the world. You then have no excuse to be disconnected from your family even when you’re not in the same room! You have Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype and Facetime as well as the social media websites that can be your bridge between you and your family and friends.

 

Call and video chat your family and friends every day, if possible, so you don’t feel alone. Besides, your calls may also be a lifeline for them since they are also cooped up at home.

 

If you’re having difficulties hearing others on the phone or on video chats, you can use the captioned feature – the texts of your conversation will be reflected on the screen. You will also naturally revert to reading facial expressions, perhaps even lip reading, when you’re on video chat.

 

Create a Daily Routine

You may want to set a routine so that there’s something familiar you can look forward to every day. You may find it comforting amidst the uncertainty of the times. You may even find it less stressful since a daily routine means being in control.

 

Start by listing down the activities that you should do on a daily basis, from waking up to sleeping, getting work done and relaxing, and from resting to exercising. But you don’t have to be gung-ho about following your daily routine! You are, after all, the master of your time now that you’re at home for most, if not all, of the day.

 

Learn Something New

Perhaps you’ve been putting off learning to bake, cook or knit. Perhaps you didn’t have the time before. So many perhaps but your time in quarantine is a great time to remove these perhaps in your life! You can learn something new, read new books and even starting a new business.

 

None of us wants to have physical distance from our family and friends in keeping with the social distancing and shelter-in-place orders. But we have to do our part in minimizing the spread of the coronavirus while still being connected to the outside world.

 

If you think you need a hearing aid, make sure that you get a hearing aid prescription. For more details of our hearing test & assessment, and hearing aid services, please contact HK Hearing & Speech Centre.

 

 

Source:

HK Hearing & Speech Centre

Specialist of Hearing test & assessment,

and Hearing Aid Prescription

http://www.hkhearingspeech.com

Debunking Myths on Hearing Loss and Hearing Tests

Hearing loss is usually perceived as a less serious health condition. After all, unlike other ailments like cancer, it can’t kill a person.  This is one probable reason why a lot of people are hesitant in seeing an audiologist and undergoing a hearing test.

However, hearing loss is more serious than what people think. It can affect a person’s day-to-day living, and even put a person in serious peril. This underlines the need for people to undergo hearing tests.

Another potential reason why a lot of people put off undergoing a hearing test is their belief in myths about hearing tests and hearing loss such as: Continue reading

5 Signs You Need a Hearing Assessment

Hearing loss may be a health condition that won’t kill you; but it can certainly affect the quality of your life.  It’s also a health concern that is affecting more people than what you think it is. In the United States alone, more than 30 million people aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears.

In case you’re not convinced that you have hearing problems, check out if you’re experiencing any of the following five signs you need a hearing assessment or test: Continue reading

What Hearing Tests are conducted in Young Children?

Hearing loss in young children has a more profound effect on them than say, adults. Children use their hearing to learn and develop communication skills. The more difficult part is that young children won’t be able to tell their parents that they have problems hearing.

Hearing loss does not exactly mean that a child can’t hear at all. It may just be a case of the sounds not loud enough for him to hear it. As a result, the child does not respond to people around him. Other signs of hearing loss are delays in speech, language development, and educational progress.

 

Hearing Tests for children

So how is hearing in young children tested?

The audiologist will choose the child hearing tests that best suits the age, ability, and overall circumstances of the child. It usually involves a combination of physiological and behavioral tests.

One behavioral test carried out is the behavioral observation audiometry (BOA) which is carried out with infants younger than 7 months, as well as with older children who don’t respond to any sound they hear. Noisemakers of various frequencies are used and the child’s responses like startling are noted.

Another test is called the visual reinforcement orientation audiometry which is usually done on children between seven months and three years of age. Sounds of different frequencies are played and the audiologist will note the instances when the child turns towards the speaker.

Another test, play audiometry, tests the hearing of children from three years and above. It is like pure tone audiometry although the difference is that when a child hears a tone, he or she is asked to either put a marble in a marble race or press a computer key.

Electro-physiological tests are also carried out to identify the part of the auditory system that is responsible for the hearing loss. One type is the oto-acoustic emission testing which determines how hair cells in the cochlea are functioning. Cochlea is the auditory portion of the inner ear.

Another type is the brainstem evoked response audiometry which gives info on the electrical activity generated in response to sound along the nerve pathway. It is usually carried out when the baby is sleeping.

Another test carried out in young children is electro-cochleography which is performed under anesthetic. It detects tiny electrical signals generated in response to sound and provide info about the functioning of the cochlea.

 

If you think your child need a hearing aid, make sure that he/she get a hearing aid prescription. For more details of our child hearing test & assessment, and hearing aid services, please contact HK Hearing & Speech Centre.

 

 

Source:

HK Hearing & Speech Centre

Specialist of Hearing test & assessment,

and Hearing Aid Prescription

https://www.hkhearingspeech.com

Five Reasons to Have Your Child Undergo Hearing Assessment

Many people believe that older adults need to undergo regular hearing assessment. But kids, too, have to undergo hearing tests periodically. Numerous studies have shown that nearly half of teenagers are showing potential signs of hearing loss. If that’s not alarming enough for you, here are five other reasons why you should bring your child to a specialist for a hearing assessment: Continue reading

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