Social distancing? Stay connected

These are unprecedented times for us all. We’re changing the way we work, socialise and learn. As we sift through the latest news, (battles for toilet roll and finger in the air predictions of scale, nature & impact), without doubt, we’re in a time of huge uncertainty and challenge. 

"Blindness cuts us off from things but deafness cuts us off from people."

Technology enables us to tackle secondary impacts of Coronavirus head on! Remote working is possible with tele-conferencing facilities. Learning continues with online portals, e-lectures, forums and vast online resources. Socialising is possible with social networking sites and video-conferencing tools.

Yet for individuals with hearing loss, perhaps this increased reliance on technology presents fresh challenges. Our hearing connects us to people, enabling us to communicate in a way that none of our other senses can. 

With the advice to practice ‘social distancing’ and ‘isolation’ we’re already physically more cut off than ever before. This only reinforces the need to make the most of existing technologies and use all available tools to stay connected. 

Reduce listening effort and stress

Assistive listening devices (ALDs)work alongside hearing aids and personal technology to help individuals with hearing loss stay connected. 

Ask yourself:

  • Can I have clear, understandable conversations with loved ones on the phone?
  • Can I hear clearly on a tele-conference?
  • Can I hear the television (without turning up the volume excessively!)?

Do you have concerns about family or friends, perhaps an elderly relative, to whom communicating remotely might be challenging?

Gordon Morris provide lots of different technologies, such as Phonak Roger, which can help in most challenging listening environments. There are innovative technologies which connect to most multimedia devices (mobile phones, tablets, televisions and telephones), which can be hugely beneficial for individuals with hearing loss.

Our recommendations

Amplified Telephones

Designed to help people with a hearing loss, amplified telephones have functions that allow the user to increase the volume as necessary to help speech understanding. Phones come in both a portable hand held phone or a more fixed corded version.

Phonak Roger Select

Featuring wideband Bluetooth® for phone calls. You can also enjoy listening to the TV or multimedia devices such as music players and computer, streamed directly to your hearing aids. Phonak Roger is compatible with all hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Phonak Roger Pen

Easy to use and fully automatic, Phonak Roger Pen will work with your television or any other audio device.  Mobile phone calls are made easy!

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If you currently have any of our assistive listening devices and need support understanding how you can get the most from them, please call our support team. 

Gordon Morris are pleased to offer free trials of our products.  Our team are poised to answer your questions and help you find the right solution for you. 

Our eStore is another great way of placing orders remotely- free delivery is a given! And please don’t worry, the team are always here to help you with your technology, so for any remote set up and ongoing support, please call : 01458 272121 or email

For the latest information and guidance about Coronavirus visit WHO’s website: 

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