It is difficult to communicate with others when you have trouble understanding them; when they never seem to speak loudly enough; when they always seem to be mumbling. These are the kinds of challenges faced by those affected by hearing loss. The right listening and communication strategies can help improve the performance of your hearing aids. Here are the strategies to favour and those to avoid to better understand those around you.
For the hearing impaired
First off, let the person you are speaking with know that you have a hearing problem. This will avoid many misunderstandings and will allow for the use of other strategies.
For friends and family
The first step to engaging conversation with someone that is hard of hearing is to get the person's attention before starting to talk.
What to avoid
Certain seemingly trivial behaviours can make communication difficult. It is important to be aware of these behaviours in order to avoid them.
This learning curve requires the support of friends and family members. Their encouragement and positive attitudes help motivate the person suffering from hearing loss to communicate and become socially active.