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To the editor:
This is just a reminder that unrecognized borderline hearing loss students and the hard of hearing have more difficulty understanding when speech reading is made difficult or impossible by the wearing of COVID-19 masks.
If your child has more difficulty at school when others are appropriately wearing a mask, I would recommend that the child have a hearing test and not suffer the embarrassment of apparent inattention and lowered school performance.
COVID-19 masks can “unmask” unrecognized hearing loss.
Patient forbearance and understanding of the hearing impaired and elderly is not just a courtesy, is necessary and is good citizenship.
All said, wear your COVID-19 masks when around others.
Cameron A. Gillespie, MD