No matter how mild or severe your hearing is, there is something that you can do about it today!
The following are suggestions that can help you make the most of your hearing:
1. Do what you can to limit background noise.
You’ll hear more easily in quiet places than in noisy ones. For example, at a party try to find a quiet corner to have a conversation. In the car, turn down the radio and the fan, and at home, turn off the kitchen faucet while someone is speaking.
2. Look and listen.
Use both your sight and your hearing—don’t try to make wither your eyes or your eyes do the whole job.
3. Face people who speak to you.
If they are speaking from another room, tell them to come to the room you are in. Paying attention to the speaker’s lip movements, facial expressions and gestures will help you understand them more easily.
4. Do a little questioning.
Try to understand the essential message of what someone is saying. Don’t worry if you miss a word here and there.
5. Try to follow along with the speaker.
Something said later will often make earlier statements make sense.
6. Ask for repetition when you really don’t understand what was said.
Train yourself to ask specific information repeated. Don’t just say, “Pardon me.” Ask “What time did you say you were going?” or “How much did you say it cost?”
7. Try to place yourself in the right light.
Place yourself so the light is on the speaker’s face, not in your eyes.
8. Keep up with world news.
Keep abreast of what’s going on in the world by reading newspapers, listening to the radio, watching TV, and reading magazines. The better informed you are, the easier it will be to follow people’s conversations of current events.