Things are changing quickly across India. Schools are closed, IPL is postponed, going to the office is banned. Hibernating at homes is the most difficult decision for some of us suffering from Hearing Loss who are already suffering isolation. This handy survival guide is for people suffering from Hearing Loss during the COVID-19 lockdown
All of us are already feeling the anxiety and stress due to rapid change and uncertainty.
Social Isolation has already added more difficulties to the people suffering from Hearing Loss.
So how can people with hearing impairment stay safe, active and productive during these demanding times?
Here is a handy survival guide by Aanvii Hearing to cope up with Hearing Loss X COVID-19
- Maintain your Hearing Aid
- Keep Your Ears Clean
- Learn to use your mobile phone with your hearing aid
- Use Online Resources if your Hearing Care Professional is not Available.
- Set Up a Routine
- Reinforce Health and Safety Protocol
- Create an Emergency Plan
- Contact 1 Person per Day
- Be Active
Maintain your Hearing Aids
During the lockdown, you may not have access to a hearing care professional. Hence check out these ways to take care and maintain your hearing aid to avoid traveling to the clinic. This will also help you cope with your Hearing Loss during COVID-19 Outbreak
Clean and maintain your Hearing Aid daily.
Keep the Hearing Aid away from Pets and Children.
Avoid using Hearing Aid in bathroom or kitchen or any place with lots of liquid as it can potentially damage your hearing aid.
Avoid using Hairspray or Hair Gel.
Replace your hearing aid batteries often. Remove the batteries while your Hearing Aid is not in use.
You can check this blog by Signia, for further detailed instructions on how to maintain the Hearing Aid.
Keep Your Ears Clean
Clean the ear with a damp cloth.
Use Earwax Softeners so they don’t potentially hamper the workings of a Hearing Aid.
Use Cotton Swabs to clean the outer Ear, do not insert them in your Ear Canal.
For more ideas on how to keep your ears clean check this article by Healthline.com
Learn to use your Mobile Phone with your Hearing Aid
A handy tip – if you can’t hear what anyone is saying on your mobile phone put it on a loudspeaker, you would hear it much better.
Use Online Resources if your Hearing Care Professional is not Available.
Each hearing aid companies have knowledge base setup on their website. These knowledge bases are there to help the users know their hearing aid better and how to operate them in their best capacity.
For Signia Hearing Aids you can find more information at https://www.signia-hearing.com/
Set Up a Routine
The routine you set up may not be as the one you are used to in the lockdown, but set a time to wake up, exercise at home, do productive work and eat meals.
Check out these videos by Youtuber Abhinav Mahajan for Workout from Home for improving Physical Health.
These routines will help you avoid slipping into lethargy.
Also practice Meditation
Reinforce Health and Safety Protocol
Clean your house with a disinfectant twice a week or more if possible. Clean your doors, handles, remotes, even mobile phones.
Wash your hands and encourage everyone in your house to wash their hands either with regular soap or sanitizer, both are effective.
If your house help, laundry boy or watchman is ill, encourage them to stay at home.
Inform kids and elders alike at your home to cover their mouth with an elbow when they sneeze.
Create an Emergency Plan
Make sure that you have all essential supplies at home.
If you use a battery operated hearing aid, make sure you have plenty of batteries in hand.
Keep batteries and hearing aid and mobile chargers on a location which is easy to access.
Organize your Medical and Health Information. Collect all the documents and keep it in a single place which is accessible by anyone in case of emergency.
Make sure basic information, such as the medicines you take and their doses, your insurance documents and emergency phone numbers for your family members and family doctor is easily available.
Contact 1 Person per Day
Beat the isolation blues by staying in touch with at least 1 person a day, if you are living alone.
Create an emergency network consisting of your neighbors or friends or family members, so they know where you are and how you are at all times.
If none of the above are available, connect with your local community who can provide help and updates whenever needed.
Its a great opportunity for all of us to do what we thought of doing since a long time.
Pick up that unread book.
Play with your Children and your Grandchildren.
Learn that cook that tasty dish you wanted to learn since a long time.
Learn that new skill you wanted to pick up.