Six Strategies to Increase Communication with Individuals with Hearing Loss

If you have elderly loved ones who suffer from hearing problems, then they are not alone.  It is thought that around fourteen percent of the population in the U.S. suffers from similar conditions, and it’s a problem that occurs worldwide, too.

Keeping your loved ones engaged in conversation is vital to their wellness and mental health.  Giving into the frustration that you can sometimes feel when trying to communicate with them shouldn’t be an option, even if they are stubbornly refusing to accept that they have a hearing problem.

Initially, it may be easier to try some of the following strategies to ensure that lines of communication are kept open.  If your loved ones are receiving elderly care in Palm Desert, then make sure their Caregiver is involved in these conversations, too.

  1. Keep Background Noise to a Minimum
  2. Constant background noise can make it difficult for elderly hearing loss sufferers to be able to pick up on conversations.  Before starting a conversation, make sure that the TV and radio are off, as well as anything else that may make a constant and distracting noise.  This may also include washing machines, dryers, or dishwashers.

  3. Get Their Attention First
  4. While turning off the TV will get most people’s immediate attention, it is still worth remembering that they still may be unaware that you are talking to them. Make sure that they know you are engaging in conversation.

  5. Get as Close as Possible
  6. Obviously, the closer you are to your loved ones, the more likely it is that they will be able to hear you.  Also, they will be able to use your body language and facial expressions to help them formulate responses.

  7. Tell Them the Topic of Conversation
  8. If listeners know why you are talking to them and what you are talking about, then they are much more likely to be able to understand what it is you may be asking them.

  9. Use Recognizable Words and Phrases
  10. Try not to over elaborate or over generalize. Try to explain things in lots of detail without using words and phrases your loved ones may not understand.

  11. Don’t Repeat Yourself
  12. Instead, think of another way of saying it. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to repeat the same sentence over and over. Presenting information in a different way may help listener’s hearing and comprehension.

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