Hearing loss can create extra stress on a relationship.
Nicer weather is here, and with it comes travel, adventure and hopefully some rest and relaxation.
We want you to have an enjoyable summer and nurture those important relationships!
Here are some tips from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and MAFH which will help ensure that you understand one another:
- Indicate when you can’t understand and ask the speaker to rephrase (use other words with a similar meaning).
- Indicate when the speaker is speaking too fast. Ask him or her to slow down.
- Maintain eye contact with one another.
- Verify information—repeat back what you think was said and/or ask a question to see if you have correctly understood.
In general, the responsibilities of the hearing-impaired listener in a relationship is to wear properly fitted hearing aids, which are cleaned every three months by an audiologist, and to face the speaker.
In general, the responsibilities of the speaker in the relationship is to move close the listener, be face-to-face whenever possible, and to speak slowly and clearly.
Honest communication and working together are always best!