Face masks inhibit communication for 95 percent of people with hearing loss

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JANUARY 28, 2021

Face masks inhibit communication for 95 percent of people with hearing loss, new survey finds

  • Hearing Loss Association of America and Cochlear survey highlights COVID-19’s impact on the community of people with hearing loss in the U.S., includes hearing and mental health-related implications.
  • Nearly half of those with hearing loss noticed impacts to other aspects of their health during the pandemic including increased anxiety, isolation and loneliness.
  • Seventy percent are more aware of their hearing loss due to the pandemic; nearly half are more eager to explore hearing loss treatment options.

This is according to a new survey conducted by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) in partnership with Cochlear Limited. Hearing loss is an invisible disease that affects almost 50 million Americans. The online survey of 1,399 participants sought to find out the pandemic’s impact on those in the hearing loss community, including individuals with hearing loss, their loved ones and their hearing health care professionals.

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