Face Masks and Hearing Loss: Practical Tips and Strategies

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services invites you to – Face Masks and Hearing Loss: Practical Tips and Strategies.  It is a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 am.  The speaker will be  Carolyn Ginsburg Stern from the Center for Hearing and Communication. Communication is hard with a mask on and social distancing! Join us for a webinar to learn some tips like: • Demo: how to wear and take off masks comfortably with hearing aids or cochlear implants. • Communication tips when wearing a mask. • Easy/low cost apps and listening devices. Deaf and …

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Buy a Clear Mask – And Make the World a Better Place

Sandy Unger is an American Sign Language (ASL) translator. A friend  made her a clear mask and it helps Sandy in her translations in this masked, COVID-19 world.  Sandy is offering the masks to you for a $10.00 donation. She is donating all the profits to Girls for Girls Uganda, an organization within ChildVoice that is assisting young women displaced by violence. For more information on ChildVoice please visit https://childvoice.org. To give directly to Girls for Girls Uganda please visit https://secure.qgiv.com/event/girlsforgirlsuganda/ If you are interested in purchasing a clear mask and make the world a better place please contact Sandy …

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Hearing Loss Tips during COVID19

Nicole Laffan, Au.D., M.S., CCC-A/SLP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Northeastern University | Bouvé College of Health Sciences writes: I’ve created the attached presentation to help individuals with hearing loss communicate during COVID-19. It contains information about advocating for oneself, phones with captioning, apps to add captioning to smart phone conversations, speech-to-text apps, video conferencing platforms that use captioning, resources for purchasing clear shields and masks, suggestions for wearing masks with hearing aids or cochlear implants, and info on the free aural rehabilitation sessions. I hope you find it helpful. Please feel free to share it with your members.

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Collection of Information about Face Masks and Health Care Communication

From: HLAA Central MA <hlaacentralma@gmail.com> Date: Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 10:48 AM Subject: Collection of Information about Face Masks and Health Care Communication To: HLAA Central MA <hlaacentralma@gmail.com> During the COVID-19 pandemic, people with hearing loss are frustrated by masks and face coverings.  Being able to lipread is critical to our communication, especially when navigating the healthcare system.  HLAA CM has collected some information related to this topic to share. Guide for Effective Communication in Health Care HLAA has a website dedicated to this topic with resources on how to communicate with medical professionals, recommendations for medical facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, …

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These Transparent Face Masks Might Make You Feel Normal Again

From HLAA Central Massachusetts Chapter: The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have devised a transparent surgical face mask that will “soon be produced on an industrial scale.” To fabricate them, researchers had to come up with an all-new polymer material. They say the ability to see facial expressions will lead to more empathic health care providers. [Full story]

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Ways to Navigate a Hospital During COVID-19 With a Hearing Loss

Thanks to Terri Charles for alerting us to the following article that was published in The Hearing Journal on April 10.  I know that some of you were able to watch the webinar. By Alexis Guerra As hospitals accommodate the increasing number of patients with COVID-19, people who are hard of hearing or deaf are faced with critical challenges in properly communicating with doctors and nurses amid protective masks and physical distancing guidelines. To address this and other related concerns, Chad Ruffin, MD, and Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A, organized a webinar on April 6. One of the challenges Ruffin spoke about is the …

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What Nelson Mandela and Others Teach Us About Coping with the Coronavirus and Isolation

What Nelson Mandela and Others Teach Us About Coping with the Coronavirus and Isolation Presenter: Michael Harvey, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 NEW Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Time Don’t miss Tuesday’s free captioned webinar featuring Dr. Michael Harvey, a psychologist in private practice in Framingham, Massachusetts, who will be presenting What Nelson Mandela and Others Teach Us About Coping with the Coronavirus and Isolation. People with hearing loss tend to feel isolated anyhow. Now with a pandemic forcing us to stay home, distance ourselves from others, the isolation goes deeper. This webinar will outline specific psychological strategies for coping with the …

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