Hearing loss can make conversations more challenging. Often we must rely on our conversation partners to practice communication best practices like facing us when they speak and providing context before changing topics. But communication is a two-way street. There are also many things we can do to enhance our ability to have successful and productive interactions with others. By following some simple rules of thumb, we can put ourselves in a better position to hear and communicate as best as is possible.
Posts Tagged: Hearing Loss
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays — delicious food, good spirits and lively gatherings of family and friends. But with my hearing loss, I sometimes worry I will miss out on some of the fun. Large dining room tables make conversation tricky, especially, like in my family, if everyone is talking at once. Background chatter combined with noise from the football games on television add to the overall din, making it a tough listening situation. What is a person with hearing loss to do? Follow these tips and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
With hearing loss often comes the loss of the enjoyment of music and discourages many from listening, playing and singing even if they once did. Much research now says that can be a blow to brain health, cognitive functioning and more.
Support groups have much to offer that you cannot get anywhere else. Most if not all states have their own agencies or commissions on deafness and the hard of hearing that provide leadership, advocacy and education and can lead you to multiple resources often just a phone call, text, or email away.
What you give up when you lose your hearing can be different for everyone, but the things you will miss most are conversations, sounds and the feelings you get in return from them. Some familiar examples may include laughter with your family, discussing politics, listening to your favorite music, and watching crimes being solved on a TV show like NCIS
What is the relationship between alcohol and hearing loss? You might be surprised to learn that alcohol can be both protective and harmful to your hearing.
Last month we posted our analysis of the Soundhawk’s performance in a hearing aid test box. If you didn’t have a chance to read the review (and don’t have time now), here’s the bullet-point summary of the results:
The Soundhawk provides amplification successfully through a range of pitches important for understanding speech
The directional microphone system provides some signal-to-noise enhancement in the pitches that matter – works best in the “Indoor” setting
We are seeing 5-7dB of noise reduction for steady state noises between 50-70dB
The wireless mic system works well in quiet and in noise