Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Smart Tips for Speaking with Someone Who Has Poor Hearing
Hello and welcome. Does it frustrate you when your elderly loved one seems to ignore things you say? Maybe you’re not being heard. About 1/3 of aging adults over the age of 65 have significant hearing loss issues. Below are a few tips to help you get heard when speaking with someone who has decreased hearing.
First, eliminate all background noise. Sounds and noises in the background are very distracting. Even the slightest amount of background noise can muffle your words, so turn off TVs, radios and/or dishwashers.
Second, make sure you speak with your loved one face-to-face. Speaking from across the room makes it more difficult for your loved one to understand what you’re saying. Speak slowly and clearly. You don’t need to “baby talk” but try to speak a little slower than you’d usually speak. Realize that it’s unnecessary to shout. Shouting actually makes enunciation more difficult to interpret.
And lastly, make sure your loved one is wearing their hearing aides properly. Also, avoid talking while coming up from behind of your loved one. You don’t want to startle or fluster them. Plus, they probably weren’t able to hear you.
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