Family and Friends of People Wearing Hearing Aids
About 500 million people in the world live with hearing loss. Although hearing loss affects people of all ages, those over 50 are particularly vulnerable. Hearing loss is actually the third most common health condition. Hearing loss is invisible and usually progressive, but it can have a significant impact on people's life with hearing difficulties and those around them.
The role of family, friends and co-workers is crucial for a new hearing aid user, especially during the initial adaptation period. The person needs your help and encouragement. Help them discover the benefits of their hearing aid for themselves and for you.
Practical Communication Tips for People Wearing Hearing Aids
Speak clearly and naturally
No need to speak loudly, it’s uncomfortable and causes distortions for the hearing aid user. Keep your voice at a normal level, speak clearly and more slowly.
Reduce the distance and speak toward the person wearing devices, especially if there is background noise.
Consider the Surrounding Environment
Don’t attempt to discuss across rooms. We also recommend that you have realistic expectations in noisy surroundings.
Respect the hearing readaptation rhythm and encourage the person with hearing difficulties. Be a cooperative listener and help your audience reach their goal of better hearing and understanding by:
- Gently drawing the person's attention before speaking to them by naming them;
- Choosing a bright and calm place; Avoiding ambient noise;
- Placing yourself in front of the person;
- Speaking normally, without raising your voice or shouting;
- Adding relevant gestures.
We are sensitive to the needs of all those who depend on our know-how, ideas and commitments. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of all the people around us. To do so, we creatively and innovatively address the challenges of hearing aids’ technological limitations to help people hear, understand and discover the rich sounds of life.
Talk freely. Communicate with confidence. Live limit-free. And express yourself!