Face Masks and Hearing Loss: Practical Tips and Strategies

May 21, 2020


Mastering communication while face masks are worn and social distancing is especially difficult for people with hearing loss because of reduced visual and auditory input.  We will share practical tips and strategies that can make interactions a little easier and help you feel more in control. We will demonstrate various ways to wear masks comfortably with hearing devices and how to avoid losing them when masks are removed.  We will also discuss simple techniques for troubleshooting your hearing aids while in-person hearing care in your area may be limited during the pandemic.

The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) provides unparalleled hearing health services to infants, children and adults with all degrees of hearing loss. A nonprofit leader since 1910, CHC is committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive services to empower people affected by hearing loss, deafness or listening challenges. CHC carries out this mission through a unique, comprehensive, and clinically outstanding array of life-affirming services in the disciplines of audiology, communication therapy, and emotional health and wellness counseling. CHC touches the lives of over 50,000 annually through outreach and awareness efforts and serves as a global public resource for information on hearing health care. We serve all, regardless of ability to pay and offer the highest caliber of service in all of our specialties.


Dr. Ellen Lafargue

Ellen Lafargue, Au.D.

Audiologist, Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC)

Dr. Ellen Lafargue is the Director of CHC’s centers of excellence: Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology and Communication Centers and Berelson Hearing Technology Center. Having begun her career at CHC more than 30 years ago, Dr. Lafargue specializes in state-of-the-art hearing device evaluation and fitting on adults. The Hearing Review... Read More >

Carolyn Stern

Carolyn Ginsburg Stern, MBA

Assistant Director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives, Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC)

Carolyn Ginsburg Stern, MBA, is the assistant director of outreach and strategic initiatives at the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), a not-for-profit hearing rehabilitation center based in New York City. As a bilateral cochlear implant user, she helps others hear and connect better with tips, technical information and support... Read More >