Hearing loss: Coping and support

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:41:44 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 16 2014 03:48:54 PM EDT

By Mayo Clinic News Network

These tips can help you to communicate more easily despite your hearing loss.

  • Position yourself to hear. Face the person with whom you're having a conversation.
  • Turn off background noise. For example, noise from a television may interfere with conversation.
  • Ask others to speak clearly. Most people will be helpful if they know you're having trouble hearing them.
  • Choose quiet settings. In public, such as in a restaurant or at a social gathering, choose a place to talk that's away from noisy areas.
  • Consider using an assistive listening device. Hearing devices, such as TV-listening systems or telephone-amplifying devices, can help you hear better while decreasing other noises around you.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/basics/coping-support/con-20027684

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