Telephone tips for someone with a hearing loss

Setting the stage for a great telephone conversation involves letting people know the best way to go about it. Your friends and family want to involve and engage you in what is going on and will only be too happy for you to hear how they can make things better for you.

Be patient with yourself. When conversing on the telephone you are missing out on seeing someone’s body language, on being able to lip read and seeing someone’s facial expressions, all of which to help fill in the gaps in a spoken conversation. Don’t be too harsh on yourself, there’s some simple techniques that can really make a big difference. Here’s six to get you started

  1. Find a quiet space. Background noise can really interfere with your ability to follow the conversation, so if you’re at home, turn off the TV and radio.
  2. If you have a landline, ask people to call this number first. Generally, landlines are easier to hear on, especially if you have a speaker function. If you are using a mobile, use a headset it will  as it is easier for you to use and hear, especially if you have a speaker function. If you are called on a mobile, use a headset as it will help isolate the speaker’s voice.
  3. Don’t pretend you heard something if you didn’t. There’s nothing wrong with admitting it when you don’t understand or if you’ve missed something. It can be easy to misunderstand words over the phone no matter what hearing ability you have. So don’t feel awkward asking someone to speak up or speak more clearly.
  4. Let people know the best time to call you. You may find that toward the end of the day you are feeling tired and therefore find it harder to hear.
  5. Consider using Skype or FaceTime. Applications like these mean you will be able to see the person talking to you and pick up some of the visual clues that assist you when talking face to face.
  6. Consider purchasing an amplified phone. Devices like these are specifically designed for the hearing impaired. They look like a regular home phone but have additional features that allow you to increase the volume of incoming sounds. Some also have the ability to increase the volume of the ringer, so it’s easier to hear the phone ring if in another room.
  7. Technology has advanced in this day and age, at Hearing Aid Labs we offer Hearing Aids that are able to assist the hearing impaired to have a great conversation over the phone. We have a variety of models that will suit the desired lifestyle in communication.

Streamer and Bluetooth technology in our hearing aids offer you the best in hearing quality.

Make an appointment to have a hearing test. We have an initial free test which will help determine if you require a second, more thorough test with an Audiologist. Learning about your current levels of hearing is an excellent first step towards maintaining your hearing as best you can and staying connected to those around you.

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