Before 2020, most of us didn’t often encounter people wearing masks in places like stores, restaurants or public transit, but these days, masks are everywhere – making communication more challenging. Masks not only cover the mouth, making lip reading impossible, but they also make it difficult to see facial expressions, and even filter sounds making it harder to hear. Join us for this training as we review in-clinic recommendations to help mediate the communication challenges masks can cause.
Course created on December 16, 2020
- Course attendees will be able to describe the communication challenges individuals with hearing loss face with the use of masks in public places.
- Course attendees will be able to articulate how masks significantly attenuate speech frequency sounds and impact on this has on speech understanding.
- Course attendees will identify how accommodations in programming and the recommendation of accessories can improve the overall experience with amplification during COVID times.
|0-10 Minutes||Review of communication challenges mask usage bring to individuals with hearing loss.|
|10-15 Minutes||Review research studies on the impact masks can have on speech understanding.|
|15-30 Minutes||Outline in-clinic and at home recommendations to improve the overall experience with amplification during COVID times.|
Senior Regional Trainer
Bill Christman, Au.D., is a Senior Regional Trainer at Unitron. Bill received his Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University. Prior to joining Unitron, Bill worked in a private practice as a dispensing audiologist and as an adjunct clinical instructor at Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. While working for Unitron, Bill has worked in Sales, Technical Support, Research & Development, Product Management and Training. In his current role as Senior Regional Trainer, Bill works with customers throughout the Midwest.
Regional Field Trainer
Marion Dellamonica, AuD, CH-TM is Unitron’s Regional Trainer for the Southeast United States. She received her Doctorate of Audiology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) and holds a dispensing audiologist license in the state of California. Prior to joining Unitron, Marion worked in private practice and hospital settings specializing in adult audiologic and vestibular diagnostics, hearing aids, tinnitus, and cerumen management. She enjoys the interaction between best practices, counseling, technology, and personalization to achieve optimal hearing care results for patients and providers.
Marion Dellamonica: Financial: Marion Dellamonica is employed by Unitron Hearing. Non-financial: Marion Dellamonica has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Unitron in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event focuses on Unitron products and services and will not include info on other products or services.
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