Over the years, we have received many questions from family members that are walking the hearing loss journey with a loved one. One of the most repeated questions comes often in the form of: What are some good communication tips for the whole family to offer support to our loved one diagnosed with a hearing loss?
Family, friends, and colleagues can do a lot to help you hear better. That is why it is important to let them know about your hearing instruments and to tell them what they need to do to make communicating easier for you. In addition to being fitted with the perfect hearing device for you and your lifestyle, here are a few tips and suggestions to help ensure the very best communication techniques are implemented into your day-to-day.
Here are some of the things you can ask your conversation partner to do:
- Ask them to move closer and sit or stand in the light to make their facial expressions and lips easier for you to see
- Remind them not to talk while chewing
- Suggest that they not “hide” behind a newspaper or lean their cheek or chin on their hand while talking
- Ask them to talk slower and more clearly
- If you have difficulty understanding, ask them to try rephrasing the sentence rather than just repeating
- Avoid conversation in doorways and new windows; if you cannot close them, find somewhere quieter to continue the conversation
- Having a conversation in an echoing room is difficult. Try to find a place where your conversation is not distorted.
It’s always good to be reminded that the people in your life care about you, and want to do what they can to make the day-to-day things as easy on you (and themselves) as possible. Clear and direct suggestions help make that happen, as well as create regular opportunities for open and honest conversations with the people closest to you.
The experts at Wyoming Otolaryngology are here to help. Reach out to us directly if you or a loved one are ready to take the next steps in starting a conversation towards better hearing.