During my appointments with patients I often talk about good communication and how making just a few changes in communication style along with well fit, good quality hearing aids will promote the best hearing ability possible. Here are the tips I give most frequently:
- Get close to the person you want to hear. That means if you want to speak to your spouse you need to go find them and vice versa.
- Ask your friends and family members to get your attention before they begin speaking. If you are ready to listen you will have a much better chance of hearing what is said.
- Ask the person speaking to speak more slowly if you are having trouble understanding. If you only get part of what they said, repeat the part you heard so they can just add in the missing words.
- Minimize background noise. Mute the TV to have a conversation or move away from the crowd if you’re having trouble hearing.
- Don’t be afraid to tell the person speaking you have a hearing loss. A small step on your part can make communication much easier.