Mid America Audiology Group

Tips for Communicating 

Better hearing requires more than using hearing aids.

Better communication strategies can smooth the transition for individuals who have started to wear hearing aids. Not only does proper communication help the individual wearing hearing aids to adjust, but it also helps their family and friends learn how to transition with them. 

If you suspect or know that the person you are speaking with has a hearing loss, please consider the following tips to enhance communication:

1. Sit or stand within 3 to 6 feet to maximize audibility.

2. Remain at eye level to foster visual cues.

                    

3.Gain the person’s attention before speaking.

4. Use facial expressions and gestures to give clues to the meaning of your message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Raise your voice but do not shout, because loud speech may sound distorted.

6. Speak slowly and distinctly.

7. Use short, simple sentences.

8.Rephrase your words if the person does not appear to understand or responds inappropriately.

9. Avoid speaking directly into the person’s ear, because it can distort your message and hide all visual cues.

If you or someone you care about remains uncertain if they are experiencing a treatable level of hearing loss, take our online hearing assessment quiz to test your hearing, or contact us to schedule a complete hearing consultation.

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