Approaching someone about their hearing loss can sometimes be a difficult conversation to navigate. If you notice someone in your life has decreased hearing abilities, it is in everyone’s best interest to help educate them about their options so they may continue to live happy, healthy, and independent lives.
When first approaching someone about their potential hearing loss, consider asking a few simple questions:
- Does it feel like you can hear me as easily as you could a before?
- Does talking for a long period of time make you uncomfortable or frustrated?
- Would you be comfortable discussing some hearing assistance options with a professional or myself? Click below to try the online hearing screening.
Hearing loss can be an intimidating subject – often because it is new and misunderstood. At Metro Hearing, we are committed to making you and your family comfortable and knowledgeable about all the hearing healthcare options we can provide. Our Metro Hearing Audiologists are available to assist you and your loved ones with any questions or concerns you may have.
Conversing with someone who has hearing loss.
- When someone has acknowledged their hearing loss, there are a number of intermediary steps you can take to limit confusion and create a more effective communication environment.
- When addressing a loved one with hearing loss, maintain eye contact so they know they are being spoken to, and so they can better distinguish the words you say by your facial expressions.
- Make sure your face is well lit, with the light source in front of, not behind you.
- Choose an area with few noisy distractions, and little to no background noise.
- In a kind and passive tone, ask your loved one if they fully understood your most recent spoken thoughts. If not, try and rephrase the statement or question so they better understand.
- If you have been speaking for a while, ask your loved one if they would like to take a break from the conversation. Drawn out discussions can be very taxing on a person’s attention span when they can’t easily understand you.