Hearing loss can affect many people of different age groups. According to the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) 19% of people aged 20 to 79 (4.6 million) had at least mild hearing loss in frequencies that are important for understanding speech. Trying to communicate to others and trying to understand their speech while experiencing hearing loss can be a big challenge.
Hearing helps create everlasting memories, evokes unforgettable moments in our lives, and can even keep us safe by helping us understand where sounds are coming from. Family gathers and small parties can become overwhelming for those experiencing hearing loss and can cause people to withdraw from social events which can result in a depressed individual.
Trying to communicate with others and understanding their speech can result in frustration, depression and can also lead a person to being angry at not feeling understood.There are many ways to improve your communication with others that will make you feel confident and understood by others. Here are 3 tips for better communication while experiencing hearing loss
1 - Inform Others About Your Hearing Loss
By sharing your struggles you will feel less frustrated because people will understand your needs and will be able to help you. When people know you have a hearing problem, they will be able to face you when they are speaking, be more careful when talking to you and try their best to make you feel welcome and comfortable when having a conversation with them. If you show people you are comfortable with your hearing loss and you are open for help, it is more likely that other people will also feel comfortable around you.
2 - Turn off background noise or distraction
Even for those with normal hearing trying to reduce background noise and distraction can really help when trying to have a conversation. If you are in a place where you cannot reduce the noise, try moving away from it. It will help you better understand the person you are talking to. Background noise and distractions can be a challenge and it is best to avoid it. When considering going out to a restaurant or a bar, try to request a quiet table away from the kitchen if possible. This will help improve the conversations and will also make you feel comfortable with the person you are with.
3 - Make visual contact when speaking to other people
Body language can really help when communicating to other people. When possible, always try to make visual contact when speaking to other people, because their body language can help you understand a lot about what they are trying to say to you. Also, your body language and face expression can add vital information to the listener.
Remember that it is always good to maintain a good attitude and be positive about your problem. Hearing loss can be a challenge, but there are many ways to minimize the effects of it in our lives. Hearing is an important and powerful part of our experience.
Hearing is central to our lives in a way no other sense could ever be. As hearing professionals at York Hearing Clinic, we want to do more than help you tap into your favourite memories — we want to take you to a place where you can create new ones. Contact us today