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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

South Boston