Hearing loss is one of the most common medical issues among mature adults. Medical professionals have said that out of those over the age of 60 nearly one in three adults suffer from some sort of hearing loss. Though sometimes not seen as a serious medical illness, hearing loss can be incredibly stressful on an individual. If you or a loved one is suffering from a hearing impairment it may be a good idea to start including some of the tips below into your daily routine. By implementing these techniques you will likely not only understand others better, but also be able to improve your socializing that may have been affected by your hearing loss.
Having trouble hearing?
Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to tell loved ones that you have trouble hearing. Many older adults refuse to admit to their loved ones that they are suffering from hearing loss as they fear it will make them look old and weak. It is incredibly important to share your hearing impairment with others as once this is known you can each take the proactive steps in finding better ways to communicate with one another.
Hearing loss is not an easy thing to learn to cope with and it can take time to adjust to the lifestyle changes that come with hearing impairment. Learning how to properly cope with the illness and remaining patient with your loved ones (whether you are the individual suffering or your loved one is) is essential to ensuring that your life changes as little as possible due to your condition.
Have individuals speak clearly and loudly. Now this does not mean shout or speak at an unnaturally slow pace. Conversely, it simply means to project your voice at a higher decibel that can be better understood by an individual suffering from hearing loss. Ensuring that you speak clearly can make reading ones lips that much easier for a hearing impaired individual and allow your conversations to progress smoothly.
Looking directly at an individual when speaking.
Though lip reading is not always necessary, being able to see an individual speak a given word can make understanding a sentence that much easier. If an individual is only half understanding what you are saying being able to pair that hearing with reading your lips can make words come to life and make sense.