Mask-wearing causes deaf, hard-of-hearing individuals to adapt

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

Over a year and a half has passed since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. The world has seen the Deaf community struggle – but ultimately, attempt to adapt to the new challenges. As Mask-wearing is the new norm, the Deaf community has had to adapt how they interact with hearing people. Despite this, it still remains a challenge for many to adapt to communicating with masks. Articles such as hearing aids and closed captioning can assist in the transition, but can still be difficult to utilize. Some universities are providing their professors clear masks so they can be more easily understood. However, a significant amount of the necessary advancement falls on the hearing populace as well. Hearing people should consider learning some sign language to help the Deaf understand their words.

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