Adjusting to Hearing Better
Anytime someone is fit with new hearing technology, there will be an adjustment period. If you’re communicating with someone who has an untreated hearing loss or is using hearing aids for the first time, the following communication tips can be useful:
- Sit or stand 3 to 6 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
Sit or stand 3 to 6 feet away to maximize audibility
Use short, simple sentences
Raise your voice slightly
We can help with better communication techniques. We encourage our patients, their family, and their friends to come by and discuss their unique communication issues at greater length.
We recommend booking an appointment for a comprehensive hearing consultation so that our hearing care providers can find out more about your specific type of hearing loss and lifestyle. Contact us to schedule a complete consultation.