Does that mask affect your hearing?
Pardon? Have you noticed it is harder to hear someone clearly when they wear a mask? If “Yes” then read on.
At Hearing Matters we know how much a hearing loss can impact upon quality of life and we are passionate about helping people to improve their hearing.
There are two main reasons why it might be harder to hear someone wearing a mask. Firstly, the mask physically blocks some of the sound. Our speech consists of a range of different frequencies along a spectrum. Some of the higher frequencies are absorbed by a mask. A lot of detail in the clarity of speech comes from these high frequency sounds. This can make speech seem muffled.
Furthermore, facial expressions often convey meaning in communication. Thousands of minute changes in our facial expression are interpreted subconsciously. Often, someone with a hearing loss relies more on these facial cues. Wearing a mask blocks some of these cues.
Modern hearing aids available at Hearing Matters have significantly improved hearing for people in these situations. The latest hearing aid technology, when fitted accurately to an individual prescription, can enhance the details in speech that are muffled by a mask. This means, if you have a hearing loss, whether it be mild, moderate or severe, you can experience clearer hearing and can communicate more easily with our hearing aids.
For a free hearing test and a free demonstration of the latest hearing aid technology, or if you require ear wax removal, please contact
Mrs Samantha Fairchild MSc at Hearing Matters (Maidstone) Ltd.
Tel: 01732 443655 Email: i[email protected] Website: www.hearingmattersltd.co.uk
Please note, we do not intend to debate the necessity of mask wearing; we aim to highlight a potential difficultly and offer assistance to improve communication whilst wearing masks.