Wearing a mask is an essential biosafety measure that helps mitigate the spread of Covid-19, however, they can cause problems when it comes to conversation. Here are some tips on the matter.
Although wearing masks is important in achieving a degree of protection to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, they can also make it difficult to communicate with others, especially when there is additional background noise.
In addition to muffling the sound, the mask hides people’s expressions, causing the intention or emotions behind the message to be lost in part. This can make it even more difficult to understand, especially for those with hearing loss, which is why it is important to make the extra effort and improve your communication habits with the following tips:
- Speak more clearly and loudly than normal, without shouting.
- Reduce background noise when possible.
- Keep in mind that physical distance can also make hearing difficult.
- Make sure the person you are talking to understands you by asking questions.
- Turn to other methods of communication, such as smart phones, paper and pencil, or a white board to convey the message.
- When it is crucial that a person understand spoken details, such as at a doctor’s appointment, bringing someone to help is important.
- Consider wearing a clear mask so that your mouth is visible, since hearing-impaired people often rely on lip reading to understand what is being said.
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