Tips to Communicate With Hearing Aids

Outlined below are some communication tips to reduce the feeling of frustration for both you and others.

  • Be sure you have each other’s attention before either of you begin to speak.
  • Eye contact is very important. Look directly at each other and make sure your faces can be seen clearly.
  • Avoid distracting movements (hands in front of face, touching hair, chewing, smoking, etc.
  • Speak normally. Annunciate clearly.
  • Use appropriate facial expressions, gestures, and body language-these visual cues help communicate what is being said.
  • Reword/rephrase if the message is not being understood.
  • Be aware of competing noises in the room such as music, air conditioners, or refrigerator hum. Move away from these noises.
  • Be sure to carry extra hearing aid batteries just in case your Rayovac hearing aid batteries finally die.

Improving communication and listening skills takes practice and patience on the parts of both the speaker and the listener

Be Patient—It Takes Time to Adjust to Hearing Aids

Hearing loss is a very gradual occurrence and because of this it takes everyone sometime to adjust to hearing the world fully again. People forget how loud certain things are and how irritating some things can be. The matter of fact is, that certain sounds are an annoyance and it will take sometime to fully adjust to them. The key to doing this quickly is to wear the hearing aids as much of the time as you possibly can.