Advocating for your hearing health

 

Self-knowledge

It is important to be aware of your listening strengths and needs. Even with hearing aids, you may find you need additional help in certain situations (e.g. in noisy settings, using a cell phone, watching TV). Talking with your hearing care provider is a great place to start – they can help assess your needs and together you can work on a solution.

 

Use Hearing Assistive Technology

There are many options to help you hear beyond your hearing aids. Bluetooth accessories and hearing loops can provide direct streaming to your hearing aids; there are cell phone apps, TV devices, remote microphones, and more available.

 

Don’t try to hide your hearing loss

If the person you are talking to knows you have hearing loss, you are less likely to have mis-understandings, and communication difficulties. They can look at you directly and ensure they speak clearly when addressing you.

 

Communicate your needs

  • Ask for repetition
  • Repeat back to the speaker what you think you heard
  • Ask the speaker to face you when they talk, and to make sure their mouth isn’t covered
  • Ask your speaker to slow down if they talk to fast

 

Be prepared for difficult listening situations

If you know you are going to be in a noisy environment (busy restaurant, meeting etc.) take some steps to make listening easier for yourself.

  • Arrive early to make sure you can position yourself away from the main noise.
  • If you have an assistive device such as a remote microphone, bring it with you.
  • If you have a noise program on your hearing aids, make sure to switch into it.

 

Use your eyes!

Looking at your speaker’s face will help you read facial cues, and to read lips. Looking at their body language can help convey what they are saying.

 

Be patient

Remember these tips and try to stay positive. Your hearing health professional will be happy to answer any questions and discuss any concerns you might have.

 

 

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Sound Hearing Clinic offers a full spectrum of audiological services for everyone. Each of our professionals is committed to the pursuit of unsurpassed patient satisfaction, effective analysis and diagnosis of your hearing loss, and customized solutions that effectively integrate speech and comprehension back into your life.

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Today's technology means that you have a wide range of options available to help with hearing loss. Hearing aid users report higher levels of involvement in social activities, fewer worries and more positive social and family experiences than those who have uncorrected hearing loss.

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