Hough Ear Institute, partners developing breakthrough treatments for hearing loss

Published: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 By: Justin Tinder Source: VeloCity

Oklahoma City’s Hough Ear Institute, a worldwide leader in research, teaching, and humanitarian efforts for people with hearing difficulties, has escalated its efforts to aid those facing new obstacles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Richard Kopke, CEO of Hough Ear Institute (HEI), said people with hearing loss are facing new challenges as more and more people wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Imagine reading a sentence with half of the words blacked out,” Kopke said. "Masks generate an extra layer of difficulty to those who do have a loss of hearing. Many important visual cues such as reading lips are almost impossible to distinguish.”

In addition to the protective masks, difficulties also arise with six-foot social distancing mandates. People with hearing loss may need to be closer than that to hear well.

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