All the isolating that we’ve been doing for the past year because of the pandemic has affected our ability to communicate with each other, according to results of a new OnePoll survey. Among respondents, 62 percent said the pandemic has damaged the, quote, “art of conversation.” Three-quarters put some blame on masks, saying they can’t understand what people are saying with a mask on, and 57 percent said it’s significantly harder to have a substantial conversation over the phone or via video chat. Over 70 percent said they’re most looking forward to speaking with family and friends in-person once the pandemic is over. The survey, done for Eargo in celebration of World Hearing Day, also asked about the sounds people miss during the pandemic. The answers included: 38 percent want to hear live music; 35 percent want to hear surround sound at the movies; 28 percent miss live chants at sporting events; and 24 percent miss the sound of their kids of grandkids playing in person.


  • Do you think think it’s true that the pandemic has damaged the “art of conversation”?
  • Do you think that it’ll quickly come back once we can socialize again?
  • Do you agree that it’s significantly harder to have a substantial conversation over the phone or via video chat?
  • What are some sounds you miss during the pandemic?