Make life easier: Better communication tips for those with hearing loss
Posted on Feb 6, 2017
Do you sometimes find it hard to communicate with others? You find that people don't speak clearly or loudly enough, and as a result, you'd rather opt out of a conversation. However, if this is a common theme amongst all your friends and family, it might actually not be them – you might be on the track to hearing loss!
It can be totally frustrating to be left out of table talk, so what's the solution? Well, if you think you might have hearing loss, we have some tips for you to help you get back into the conversation. Communicating with your friends and family easily again.
Head to your nearest audiologist
The longer you go untreated, the worse your hearing could get!
First thing is first, you need to get your hearing checked! If you think you have a hearing loss condition, you'll want to get it checked out as soon as possible. The longer you go untreated, the worse your hearing could get! Your first examination at the nearest HearingLife clinic is at no cost* to you, so you have nothing to lose, and only better hearing and communication to gain!
Make it easy on yourself
Restaurants can be a challenge for people with hearing loss as the background noise can distract your ears. If you know you're going out to dinner with friends and know the restaurant, call ahead and see if you can get the table farthest from the loud noises. It's little things like this that can make your life much easier.
Concentrate on body language
It can still be a challenge to hear people even after the previous tips, especially if you're out and about. However, communicating efficiently with people (no matter if they have hearing loss or not) is all about paying extra attention.
Face the speaker full on as best as you can and try to give them your individual attention. By doing this, you will also be able to pick up on visual body cues that people so often rely on to communicate. Sometimes, if you miss parts of a story, you can still catch enough to have it figured out in the end so you don't have to interrupting repeatedly. However if you can't piece things together, you shouldn't be afraid to say so!
If you're interested in creating an individual plan for your hearing situation, click here to make a booking for a no cost* hearing test, or call us on 1800 030 502 today.