Whether you are experiencing hearing loss 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 a 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.
In another page, we addressed the key tips and strategies to use when talking face-to-face with someone. So, in the spirit of making communication easier and more enjoyable for everyone we've now got some tips on how to talk on the phone.
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's 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 only be too happy for you to hear 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, on being able to lip read and seeing someone's facial expressions, all of which to help fill in the gaps in a spoken conversation. Don't be too harsh on yourself, there's some simple techniques that can really make a big difference. Here's six to get you started
Hopefully, these tips will assist you with communication over the phone.
If you think your hearing has changed make an appointment to have 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 as best you can and staying connected to those around you.