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COVID-19 virus and the hard of hearing

April 2, 2020

For the hard of hearing, the Corona Virus poses some special challenges.

Hearing and communication are essential in times of emergencies, like the current global COVID-19 pandemic.

In a time when people are practicing social distancing, it is extremely important to stay in close and good contact with hearing friends, families and carers and to be able to communicate with them virtually via phones and other virtual platforms.

Hearing plays a central role in much of this communication. It is therefore vital for the hard of hearing to take full advantage of their hearing instruments both for their wellbeing during this current period of social distancing and nationwide lockdown; as well as for the need to access news reports and other up to date information from the television and the internet.

If you require assistance with your hearing, we would urge you to contact your AIHHP Audiologist to discuss what steps are being taken to protect your health and if they’re able to still provide essential and urgent audiology services during the present crisis. If your usual Audiologist is unable to assist, please contact info@aihhp.org so we can help you to identify alternative support.

Keep your hearing instruments clean

At home, hearing instrument users should always wash their hands before touching their hearing instruments. Make sure the hearing instruments are always clean and disinfected when they are replaced after battery changing, sleep or other reasons for taking them of.

Guidelines

Guidelines and recommendations have been made by The European Association of Hearing Professionals AEA. (www.aea-audio.org), BSHAA (https://www.bshaa.com/coronavirus/public), and other professional bodies.

The latest UK Government Information can be accessed HERE

Apart from that, the hard of hearing should observe the general COVID-19 guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO has some basic advice and protective measures for the public against the COVID-19 virus.

The headlines of these are:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • If you have a fever, a cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

The full text of the advice from the WHO can be found here.