ASHA Encourages Steps to Make Communication More Accessible for the 48 Million Americans With Hearing Loss

(Rockville, MD) As government and public health officials increasingly recommend the practice of wearing two masks to help protect against new and more contagious variants of COVID-19, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is encouraging the public to be aware of the undue challenges that this measure will pose to people who are deaf or hard of hearing—and to take some simple steps to make communication more effective for the roughly 48 million Americans with hearing loss.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, necessary public health measures such as wearing masks and social distancing have presented significant daily challenges for people with hearing loss.

recent survey by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) found that 95% of respondents with hearing loss in the United States say masks and facial coverings have created communication barriers since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Continue reading on the ASHA Blog…