Even before the coronavirus pandemic changed our way of life, telehealth offered a convenient solution for people living in remote areas where access to health care was a challenge. For those with hearing loss, remote programming capabilities for hearing devices were one of the first advances to gain popularity.
Some hearing device manufacturers are taking things a step further by focusing on technology that allows audiologists to deliver in-depth hearing health care remotely. This is essential given the side effects of hearing loss, such as loneliness, anxiety, and depression. The isolation required to slow the spread of COVID-19 through quarantine and social distancing is making the problem worse for individuals with hearing loss; doctors are reporting an increase in stress and depression among these patients. Access to technology is an important part of overcoming these hurdles, now so more than ever.
Obviously, none of these solutions are meant to replace in-office visits, but they do allow people with hearing loss to maintain communication more effectively during the pandemic.
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