Masks and perspex barriers for the hearing impaired

Masques et plexiglas, des barrières pour les malentendants

The deaf people see their communication complicated since the beginning of the pandemic.

It is that the plexiglas and the masks are real barriers for people with impaired hearing.

This is the case of Guylaine Gravel which is hard-of-hearing, as approximately 15 % of the population of Quebec.

For several weeks already, the new health measures that complicate their everyday communications.

“It is very difficult for a hard of hearing person myself, I have developed, over 40 years, lip-reading, as soon as I do not see the expression of the person I have a lot of difficulties,” said Mrs Gravel in an interview with TVA News.

It is not the only one in this situation. In recent weeks, several testimonies were received to the Association of persons with an impairment of hearing.

“We have people who we call and who we say “I have the COVID, and I don’t hear absolutely nothing, I do not understand the treatment I receive””, indicates the director-general, Marie-Hélène Tremblay.

Ms. smith also laments the fact that the line of the Quebec government for the COVID-19 is not suitable for people with hearing impairments.

Mask with visor

The wearing of a mask, with a visor built in, can allow hearing-impaired persons better read on the lips.

However, according to Marie-Hélène Tremblay, the mask with a visor integrated is not the only solution.

“This is one of many tools of communication strategy, but other strategies need to join it. It invites people to speak with normal speed, well articulate and look at the person so that the understanding would be well,” she said.

Beyond the mask is transparent, people with a disability, the hearing must redouble our efforts to understand.

Guylaine Gravel uses a sticker inscribed with “I read lips” to know quickly to his interlocutor that she is hearing impaired.

The Association of persons with impaired hearing demand to the government Legault to put in place a provincial campaign to raise awareness to the reality of hard of hearing people.

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