Ahh, OK but I think you miss one significant point. If I have my mask on how exactly am I threatening an audiologist welfare who is sitting 6, 8, 10 feet away? My mask prevents me from spreading germs or what ever. Also I have a N95 mask which offers more protection than a surgical mask does because it can filter out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales. As the name indicates, the mask is designed to block 95% of very small particles.
So your claiming if I wear a mask that blocks 95% of small particle (coming from my mouth and nose), and I sit a good distance back from my audiologist, say 8 to 10 feet I’m some how still a threat to my audiologist welfare if he/she takes mask off to ask me if I can hear clearly while testing new HA’s? Sorry don’t follow your logic. Now if I took my mask off then I can see the ramifications, if and its a big if (I have the coronavirus). But if I have no temperature, no symptoms of virus, been home for months and not traveled, etc. and I’m wearing a N95 mask - I don’t see the threat to anyone standing or sitting 8 - 10 feet away from me.
Maybe we should just “cut to the chase” and say in the future all audiologist’s should be in a completely different room than the person they are testing for a hearing loss, so we can guarantee a safe working environment. Sorry but someone cutting my hair, inches from my face is the person who should be concerned about his or her welfare with masks definitely worn by both parties. That to me is what’s called close proximity.
Sure you can have a spouse, friend, son, daughter speak to you at home with no mask, but that is after an audiologist has already set your HA’s to certain parameters. Those programming parameters or settings could be flawed if there is poor verbal communication between parties due to audiologist speaking with a mask on. Bottom line people are still going to get HA’s and at some point over the counter aids are going to be offered. Pre-setting hearing aids correctly is vital to HA performance and user experience. If an audi chooses not to take off his/her mask at a safe distance with the other party wearing a mask, then we’re going to have way, way more HA adjustment being done over a longer period of time.
So next time I look into getting new HA’s please don’t tell me (HA dealer/audi) I have only one visit allowed after initial visit to have HA’s reprogrammed. It’s going to take several visits if everyone is wearing masks which muffle speech, which in turn impact speech understanding.