Upcoming Dates for this event
- Tue 18 Aug 2020
COMMUNICATING IN A COVID WORLD
Tuesday 18 August, 6.30pm BST
This BSHAA webinar brings together experts from across the UK to discuss the current research, impact of COVID restrictions on communication and ways to overcome some of the challenges. Join Dr Kim Hagen from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), Dr Michael Stone from Manchester University's Centre for Audiology and Deafness, and Anne Orpin and Susan Simons from the Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA) at 6.30pm on Tuesday 18 August.
A recording will be available for BSHAA members only here: https://vimeo.com/449456508
Exploring the impact of face coverings on communication
Dr Michael Stone
Senior Research Fellow, Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD)
To reduce the transmission of COVID-19, personal protective equipment (PPE) is required. PPE to protect the eyes, nose and mouth comprises face masks and transparent visors. These range from a simple coverings made from domestic fabrics for use by the public, to FFP3/N99 rated air filters and wrap-around face visors in care settings. All these PPE styles make spoken and signed communication harder. The obligatory use of PPE in public settings means that everyone, not just the hearing impaired, will struggle to understand in real-world conditions and background sounds. This will result in increased listening effort, stress, communication errors and potentially social withdrawal.
This talk explores the background to some of the issues identified so far, and possible ways being used to tackle these.
Improving communication for patients
Anne Orpin and Susan Simons
Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA)
Anne and Susan will discuss ways to improve communication for patients inside and outside the consulting room as everyone is currently distancing and wearing some form of face covering. Discover:
- the impact of social distancing and face covering for Deaf/ hard of hearing people
- what you (the audiologist) can do to help patients
- what patients can do to help themselves
- the technology that is available to help
Assistive technology in times of Covid
Dr Kim Hagen
Technology Research Officer, National Deaf Children’s Society
Lockdown, social distancing and the use of face coverings has presented a new set of challenges for deaf and hard of hearing people. New uses of existing assistive technology can present solutions to challenging everyday situations at home, work, and out and about.