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Currently, no one really knows how much life and the economy will change after the current pandemic is over. Many things have the potential to be different as business models and individual habits will change. However, when all is said and done, people will still want and need to be emotionally and socially connected to others.

Hearing loss has always been a barrier to human connection. More people than ever are experiencing something very similar to what many individuals with untreated hearing loss experience every day of their life. Many people are struggling with their mental and emotional health as they are forced to be isolated from family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time. While this isolation is short term and will eventually come to an end, those same feelings of anxiety, irritability, isolation, and loneliness are often a constant condition for those with untreated hearing loss. For those whose hearing loss remains untreated, those feelings may be present for the remainder of their lives.

During the past month a number of situations arose where individuals with hearing loss were unable to communicate effectively with their loved ones due to hearing aids not working and other issues. The levels of frustration ranged for minor irritation and miscommunication to anger, confusion, and resentment. I am grateful that I was able to be here to help out and relieve some of the stress that was being felt.

More than once, I was able to witness an individual’s face light up when they suddenly began to hear again. Witnessing the change in body language, countenance, and facial expressions of a person who becomes reconnected is one of the greatest joys giving the gift of hearing. Many of us will feel the same sort of joy when we get to reunite for friends and family members we have been prevented from connecting with during this time.

The uncertainty of what policies regarding business closures and social distancing will be in effect at the time this article is published have made it very difficult to know what to advertise and promote during the month of May. Given the unknowns, Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center will plan to continue our policy of appointments only for all services. We will continue to be creative to meet the individual needs of each patient, and provide the best hearing aid technology available at the best price.

Please note, due to the increasing number of robocalls we receive and filter out, your call will always be answered by a recording and require a response from you, even when we are in the office. Please press 1 to speak to someone. As we are increasing the amount of time we spend cleaning before and after each patient, if we do not answer when you call, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support.