How To Make Communicating Easier After Hearing Loss

March 18, 2020

Losing your hearing can be an extremely traumatic and life-changing event, which is why it’s no wonder that so many people struggle to cope with the loss of this key sense. However, that being said, while coping with hearing loss is not always a simple or straightforward task, what it’s important to remember is the fact that millions of people across the globe live full, happy lives while suffering from hearing loss, and it is possible for you to do the same. 

The key to making life with hearing loss that little bit easier to cope with is focusing on communication and ensuring that you feel like you are in a position to communicate clearly. Because, if you’re unable to communicate clearly then you will struggle to maintain your social relationships, and you may also struggle to stay as active as you previously have been. 

The good news is that there are plenty of steps that you can take to ensure that you are still able to communicate clearly, even after suffering from hearing loss. Wondering what these steps are? Have a read of the tips and ideas below! 

Improve your hearing wherever possible
The first step that you need to take is to find a way to improve your hearing in whatever way possible. This could mean speaking to your audiologist about having hearing aids fitted - this is something that you can learn more about the ins and outs of from the audiologist treating you - or another option could be to look into having a cochlear implant fitted to help improve your hearing ability. 

By boosting your hearing, you can help to improve your ability to communicate more clearly with others, as communicating can be tricky when you are unable to hear anything that they are saying. 

Get the person’s attention 
When it comes to talking to others, explain to them that you need them to get your attention first by gently tapping you on the shoulder, and then they can start talking. This gives you the best chance at understanding more of what they have to say. 

It’s always a good idea to find places to talk that have good lighting, so that if you are attempting to read their lips, you have better light to do it in. 

Ask people to turn their faces towards you when they talk, so that you are better able to understand what is being said. 

Learn to sign
You have most probably seen people signing on the television or at theatre performances, but may not be keen to learn to sign. Sign language will offer you the opportunity to be able to speak to others more easily, without the stress of having to constantly read lips. 

Learning to sign might seem like an impossible task, as there are so many different signs to learn. However, once you start learning, it’s actually far easier than you would think. The good news is that as well as there being classes held up and down the country, there are also various online classes and tutorials available should you want to learn to sign remotely. 

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