Better communication strategies can smooth the period of adjustment required when individuals start wearing hearing aids, and can help reassure both the person with hearing loss and their family members or loved ones that they’re being understood clearly.
If you suspect or know that the person you are speaking with has a hearing loss, please consider the following tips to enhance communication:
- Sit or stand 3 to 6 feet away to maximize audibility
- Stay at eye level to help with visual cues
- Make sure you have the person’s attention before speaking
- Use facial expressions and gestures to accentuate your message
- Raise your voice but do not shout, because loud speech may sound distorted
- Speak slowly and distinctly
- Use short, simple sentences
- Rephrase your words if the person does not appear to understand or responds inappropriately
- Avoid speaking directly into the person’s ear, because it can distort your message and hide all visual cues
We can help with better communication techniques. Our practice regularly hosts open houses and hearing events in which patients, their family, and their friends are welcome to come by and discuss their unique communication issues at greater length.
We recommend booking an appointment for a comprehensive hearing consultation so that our hearing care providers can find out more about your specific type of hearing loss and lifestyle. Contact us to schedule a complete consultation.