Your legibility with or without hearing aids depends not only on you, but also on person who communicates with you.
Strategies that will help you communicate more effectively:
- Tell others that you have hearing loss, and let them know how they can help (for example, make sure that I look at you before talking to me, speak more slowly, look straight at me).
- Reduce background noise to a minimum - turn off the radio and TV when talking to others.
- Come closer to the person you communicate with, so you can see it well.
- When communicating in large companies, try to be in the center. At large gatherings, such as church services or lectures, sit in front fore part of the room or hall. Use auxiliary devices to speech enhancement if they are connected to devices.
How family and friends can help
to reduce background noise
- Reduce background noise by turning off the TV or radio,the dishwasher, fan and other noisy devices.
- Come closer to communicate with
Easily read from your lips
- Do not cover your mouth by your hand, do not chew gum or eat during a conversation.
- Reduce the distance between you and the listener. Look straight at the person when you talk to him.
- Ensure that the conversation areas are well illumined so that the listener can see facial expressions.
- Avoid talking in the car, where it is difficult to hear between the front and rear seats or read from the lips.
- Pay attention to the listener before you start talking.
- Speak with the usual average level of speech, and do not shout loudly or scream.
- Do not talk too fast."
- Pronounce your words clearly and allow the listener to understand fully the conversation.
- Re-phrase the sentence, and do not just repeat it, as some phrases are easier to read from the lips than others.