Support a loved one with their hearing loss

Hearing loss is a very personal thing. It can often be a little embarrassing too. After all, none of us really want to admit that we might need a little help. Can you think of someone, a friend or family member perhaps, who you’ve noticed is struggling with their hearing? Maybe their TV has been getting louder and louder. Or you’ve become aware that conversations are proving to be a bit of a strain for them. If so, then it’s important they know that they aren’t going through it alone. Sit down with them somewhere quiet and comfortable and tell them why you’re worried – and explain that there are many ways of successfully dealing with hearing loss. Mention us if you want to; we have lots of experience of making people feel relaxed, supported and reassured that hearing loss can be treated. With your love and our expertise we can help them enjoy life again.

Top tips for effective communication

Supporting a loved one with hearing loss means that you will also have to communicate effectively with them too. Here are our top tips to keep the conversation flowing and with ease. Get their attention: Say their name before you start talking, as this will give them a chance to look at you and focus on your words. Don’t shout: Despite it being the seemingly obvious option, shouting makes it more difficult to hear for someone with hearing impairments, especially if they are using a hearing aid. Speak clearly and at a natural volume and pace. Reduce background noise: If you want to have a conversation, turn off the TV or go somewhere quiet to talk. In addition to this, due to the ever-changing interior design trends, certain bars and restaurants may have poor acoustics. So, when choosing places to dine out, always look for spaces that have booths, carpet or even curtains to help absorb some of the background noise. Let them see your mouth: Lip reading can become quite a skill when you are suffering from hearing loss. Making clear mouth movements and facial expressions can go along way communicating what you need to say. In addition to this, always talk facing the individual, and try not to cover your mouth whilst talking. Find another way to say it: If they didn’t hear you the first time, rather than repeating yourself word for word, try to find another way to phrase what you want to say. Write it down: If you have some crucial news to share, tell them but also write down some of the information just to ensure they have all of it. This is particularly important in situations such as doctor’s appointments.

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