Does someone you know need a caring push?
If you’re reading this it’s because you suspect that someone you care about has a hearing loss.
With hearing loss, sounds fade so gradually that they can disappear unnoticed. You and others may be under the impression that the person with hearing loss has selective hearing. This is usually because some sounds come through clearly but not others, and these gaps soon begin to appear in words and sentences. This makes conversation difficult in a crowded room or over the phone.
If left untreated, hearing loss can affect relationships between the person affected and their family and friends, quietly eroding their quality of life.
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Learn how to make conversations easier by considering the way you communicate.
7 good communication habits
Communication is a two-way process. Hearing aids may not be enough to make all conversations a success. You can do a lot to make listening and communicating easier.
- Gain the person’s attention before speaking, so that they’re ready to look at you and focus on what you’re saying.
- Speak clearly and at a natural pace – don’t shout.
- Move closer and sit where your face is lit, so that your facial expressions are easy to read.
- Try not to talk while chewing or smoking, or hide your mouth or chin while speaking.
- Reduce background noise, turn down the music or TV or find somewhere quieter to talk.
- If you are in a group, try not to interrupt each other.
- Instead of repeating yourself, try to rephrase the sentence.