Whether you are experiencing hearing loss yourself or have a friend or family member with hearing loss, it's important for all parties to maintain easy and engaging communication. Just like any relationship, maintaining respect and empathy for the other person is key.
For those with hearing loss, conversations can be tiring and frustrating when you're struggling to hear what's being said. In addition, if you are communicating with someone with hearing loss, it can be hard to know if are doing all you can to make it as easy and enjoyable for that person to understand you.
We have addressed the key tips and strategies to use when talking face-to-face with someone, and in the spirit of making communication easier and more enjoyable for everyone, we've put together some phone tips for communicating with someone with hearing loss.
When you’re calling someone with hearing loss, using a good phone technique and remembering to speak clearly will help them hear as much as possible. Being mindful about when and where you call from can make all the difference. Here are five easy things to try:
Setting the stage for a great telephone conversation involves letting people know the best way to go about it. Your friends and family want to involve and engage you in what is going on and will be happy to learn how they can make things better for you.
Be patient with yourself. When conversing on the telephone, you are missing out on seeing someone's body language, being able to lip read and seeing someone's facial expressions, all of which help fill in the gaps in a spoken conversation. Don't be too harsh on yourself, there are some simple techniques that can really make a big difference. Here are six tips for using a telephone if you have hearing loss:
Hopefully, these tips will assist you with communication over the phone.
If you think your hearing has changed, make an appointment to take a hearing test. We have an initial free test which will help determine if you require a second, more thorough test with an audiologist. Learning about your current levels of hearing is an excellent first step towards maintaining your hearing and staying connected to those around you.