Let's Talk About Hearing Loss
How to talk about hearing loss with loved ones
Learn how to start the conversation
Communicating with your loved ones about hearing deficits can be difficult. Hearing loss is very emotional and affects individuals in a variety of ways. Bringing up the subject of hearing loss is very challenging.
How to make the talk easier
Ask what you can do to make communication more clear. Should choose a more quiet place for dinner? Should the music be turned up or down?
Have the talk in a quiet environment that will promote the best listening and hearing possible.
Pick a good time of the day to have the talk. Conversations at the end of the day may be more stressful.
Always face a hearing impaired individual when speaking to them. This will help them read your lips and may help them to understand the conversation better.
Encourage your loved one to get a hearing evaluation by a trained audiologist. Never assume a diagnosis or reason for hearing loss.