How can I reduce the impact of hearing loss in my life?

Posted on December 28, 2013 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Hearing Loss

Featuring Linda Donaldson, Clinical Audiologist, MA CCC-A FAAA

Your hearing and listening capabilities are critical as you engage the world around you. Your family, friends, job and hobbies all require appropriate listening skills. Once your hearing starts to decline people take notice. Not only are those around you affected but you are as well.

Here are a few basic tips to help your hearing loss become a hearing gain.

Move closer to the people or speakers you are listening to when engaging in conversation. If you’re 12 feet away see if you can maneuver to 4-6 feet away. By all means, do not overcrowd anyone, unless you know him or her really well!

Quiet down the room everywhere you go. If you go to a restaurant, ask for the quietest table. If you go to a person’s home who’s entertaining, ask your host/hostess if it is okay to turn down any music or turn the TV off completely as background noise. Use diplomacy in all situations maintaining that by doing this “You’ll be helping me hear better.”

If you’re involved with a small group ask that some rules be established. Ask that only one person speak at a time. Cutting down on cross conversations will help you focus on what’s being said and by whom.

Plan ahead. If you know you are going to a large area listening situation—theatre, lecture or church, call ahead to see if any listening device is available. If you attend a question and answer event—ask for questions and answers to be repeated as necessary. You most likely are not the only one who has trouble understanding.

If you have hearing loss you have to acknowledge this loss. You have to be assertive in all communication engagements. By taking these proactive steps you will be able to reduce the impact of your hearing loss. Work closely with your Avada Hearing Care professional to help provide you with the information and skills necessary for better hearing. Make your appointment today!

About The Author:

Linda Donaldson, Clinical Audiologist, MA CCC-A FAAA