Better hearing requires more than just hearing aids. Hearing your best means having the right technology — fit specifically to your unique hearing needs — for the environments you find yourself in most often, and maximizing that technology with better communication strategies.
Anytime a patient is fit with new technology, there is an adjustment period. Regardless of whether the communication is with someone who has an untreated hearing loss, is using hearing aids for the first time, or is an experienced hearing aid wearer, the following communication tips can be used to enhance your conversations:
- Sit or stand 3 to 5 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 slightly
- Speak slowly and distinctly
- Use short, simple sentences
- Rephrase your words if the person is having a hard time understanding you
- To avoid distortion, don’t speak directly into a person’s ear
- Make sure the person with the hearing impairment keeps his or her back to the noise, so they can focus in on what he or she wants to hear.
We can help with better communication techniques. Our providers encourage a patient’s family and friends to contact us regarding tips for improving communication. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the unique issues for each patient at greater length with their permission.
We recommend booking an appointment for a comprehensive hearing consultation so that our audiologists can find out more about your specific type of hearing loss and lifestyle. Please contact us to schedule a complete consultation.