January 23, 2019 Hearing Tips
Communication is essential for humans to exchange information and ideas with one another. It is fundamental for growth and a high quality of life. People with hearing loss can find themselves in situations where it is difficult to effectively communicate with friends and family.
The following are some positive communication strategies to help make conversation easier with somebody who has hearing loss:
1. Speak clearly
In order to speak clearly, annunciate and slow down your rate of speech. Intonations in speech created when pronouncing every syllable, help shape words, and allow them to be heard easier. Myth: YELLING does not make it any easier to hear! Speaking clearly requires conscious effort, it may take some practice!
2. Face your partner
Visual cues such as lip movement and facial expressions help us understand speech. Do not cover your mouth or look away when speaking. Avoid speaking with someone from upstairs or another room. Increased distance lessens the energy of our voices.
3. Control your environment
Background noise is the most difficult setting for communication whether you have hearing loss or not. These background noises mask and blend the sounds we are interested in hearing, into one big ball. Some simple ways of reducing competing noise are to: turn off television, close windows, move to a quieter area.
Try some of these tips and see how they work out. If you feel that you are in need of more help from a hearing care professional, do not hesitate to call our office.
Dr. Kasra Abolhosseini
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)/ Fellow of American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA)
Tustin Hearing Center