Hearing Loss: What You Can Do to Help
Dealing with the onset of hearing loss can be difficult, so it’s important to educate your friends and family to develop a positive support system. Once you’ve done your due diligence and been seen by a professional, such as an otolaryngologist or audiologist, make sure you’re aware of the ways in which you can ease the process for those around you.
- Talk to your friends and family about your hearing loss – the more they know, the more they can help
- Ask those speaking with you to make face-to-face contact – expressions and mouth movement may be helpful for your comprehension
- Teach others to speak louder without shouting – assure them that they need not speak more slowly so much as more clearly
- Turn off your TV or radio when you’re not using it
- Be aware of noise in your surroundings that will make hearing more difficult – avoid noisy areas in public spaces, such as near a the kitchen in a restaurant or close to the stage when a band is playing
The best way to deal with hearing loss is mutual helpfulness between you and your friends and family.
Posted by Heather Covrig on Oct 13, 2015