If you have a family member who suffers from hearing loss, it can be a little bit frustrating for not only them, but for you as well. To help avoid some unnecessary fights and a whole lot of confusion, we have created a list of things to practice when speaking to someone with hearing loss:
- Get their attention: Remember that there isn’t a benefit in speaking to someone if they don’t know you are talking to them. Make sure that you get your loved one’s attention before you start engaging in a conversation with them.
- Move Closer: Try to get as close as you can to them. Voices can fade across distances and around corners so make sure there isn’t anything that will obstruct your voice.
- Speak slowly and distinctly: Despite popular belief, louder is not better when talking to someone with hearing loss. In fact, yelling can distort words and hurt your throat. Instead, try to speak slowly and distinctly.
- Find a Quiet Environment: If you’re in a crowded place, it’s going to be harder for them to hear you. If you are trying to have an important conversation with them, try to find somewhere that’s quiet so that they can hear you better.
- Face the Person: Get into the habit of facing them when you’re trying to speak to each other. Remember that an important part of their listening is watching your lips and your face while you’re talking.
Having a family member who has hearing loss can be frustrating for everyone involved. If you want to learn more about hearing loss or how to help a family member, contact our Kingwood office at (713) MY-SINUS.