Covid -19, Face Mask and Hearing Loss

ByQuantum Hearing Clinic

Covid -19, Face Mask and Hearing Loss

Covid -19 pandemic changed our lives in different ways. We are practicing physical distancing, washing our hands more frequently and using the face mask in public areas.

Our hearing system is not as good as many other animals for instance by the time dogs’ sense of hearing has developed, they can already hear 4 times the distance of a human with normal hearing. Dogs can hear higher pitched sounds and can detect a frequency range of 67-45,000 Hz, compared to a human range of 64-23,000 Hz and cats can hear much higher-pitched sounds, up to 64 kHz, which is 1.6 octaves above the range of a human, and even 1 octave above the range of a dog. 

As a result a person with normal hearing needs some clues to hear more appropriately; such as the body posture of the speaker and the lip reading.

People with hearing loss are relying on these information more than those with normal hearing.

Unfortunately these days physical distancing and face mask have negative impact on our hearing because the distance can reduce the energy of the sound dramatically and the face mask can eliminate the information that we can receive from the lip reading; consequently people with hearing loss may have more problem to hear clearly.

As always we are here to help you to hear better. The new hearing aid technology can make hearing much easier.
Please give us a call to make an appointment for a hearing test and consultation in one of our beautiful clinics at North Vancouver or downtown Vancouver.

Hope to see you soon

Dr. A. Reza Ataee, Au. D
Registered and certified audiologist, RHIP

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