With current times of COVID-19 requiring social distancing for everyone, some of us may be feeling a little lonely and isolated, regardless of how good your hearing may be. However, research tells us that hearing loss alone can lead to social isolation which can lead to depression and overall poor quality of life. This is without any COVID-19 restrictions and the social challenges we currently face.

Whilst many people may be picking up the phone to communicate with work colleagues, friends and family, those with hearing loss often struggle to understand others clearly via phone. Face time and video chats can be a good alternative and can make it easier for people with hearing loss to hear and understand, enabling them to see visual cues from facial expression and lip reading. This is of course as long as the person they are communicating with speaks clearly and the internet connection allows a clear video transmission. So, its a good idea to keep this in mind when communicating with others. Don’t hesitate to reach out and make that connection with someone – a friendly hello goes such a long way.