Anyone with hearing loss knows how difficult it can be to have a conversation with family, friends, or colleagues. You may feel fatigued, discouraged, or just zone out on discussions altogether. It’s also a challenge for those with whom you are trying to communicate. They may not always be as patient when you don’t understand what they are saying. Here are some tips that family, friends, and colleagues can use to effectively communicate.
How do people with hearing loss experience hearing?
Be open and honest about how you hear speech and other noises. A good way to explain it is by comparing it to “Wheel of Fortune”. Some of the letters can be heard, while others cannot be heard. The person with hearing loss is attempting to piece together the fragmented sounds that are heard and then trying to use context, facial expressions, and hand gestures to get a fuller idea of what the conversation is about.
Hearing aids are not like eyeglasses. Wearing hearing aids helps to amplify sounds and block out background noise, but you may not always get a clean and crisp sound. Those with hearing loss can hear some speech sounds, but may not comprehend everything that was said.
Ways to improve conversations with someone who has hearing loss
If you or a loved one are looking for hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation.