Having a good talk and laughing with our family and friends is one of life’s pleasures and has been proven to be quite important to our wellbeing but when we have a loved one with a hearing loss, the connection we feel through communication can be lessened.

With May being “Better Hearing Month” month, we thought we would take this opportunity to give you some hints and tips on how you can better communicate with those who suffer with hearing loss and help keep those conversations flowing.

  • Get their attention
    People who are hard-of-hearing will find it much easier to hear and understand you if you get their attention visually before you start talking. They will find it much easier to hear you and follow the conversation if you are looking at them as you talk. Get their attention by simply waving a hand in their line of sight or gently tapping them on the shoulder.
  • Speak clearly and precisely
    Clear and well enunciated speech is important when talking to those who are hard-of-hearing. This doesn’t mean you need to shout and speak slowly, as this could come across as patronizing, but try and speak with clarity and good pronunciation.
  • Rephrase, don’t repeat
    Certain sounds can be difficult for those who are hard-of-hearing to process so if the person you are talking to asks you to repeat yourself, try and rephrase what you have said. That way, if there were any sounds that they were struggling with, a new phrase might be easier for them to understand.
  • Take note of your surroundings
    When talking to someone with a hearing loss, it’s important to take note of your surroundings. If you’re at home, you can lower the television or music volume before you start a conversation with them. If you’re out and about, try and seat them in quieter areas of restaurants and cafes. Try to limit any external noise and they will find it easier to follow what you are saying.
  • Be patient
    It can be very frustrating at times dealing with a loved one with a hearing loss. You may need to repeat yourself many times and change a few things in your own life to accommodate them but try and be patient with them. While it’s frustrating for those trying to communicate with them, it can be equally as frustrating, if not more so, for those suffering. They are having to work very hard to fill in blanks in conversations and piece together the information they have in order to communicate with you. Try to be patient with them – they will appreciate it.

If your loved one is suffering with a hearing loss, try to encourage them to visit a hearing clinic and get a hearing test. There are many things that can be done to improve the quality of their lives and here at North Houston Hearing Solutions, we would be happy to help. Simply fill out this form and we can get started.

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in 2003, and earned her doctorate of audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA), and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association.
    Staff at North Houston Hearing Solutions are amazing. They are always very attentive…

    “Staff at North Houston Hearing Solutions are amazing. They are always very attentive. Dr Lacey Robinson always takes the time to set my hearing aids exactly the way I want them. I have been a patient since 2008 and will continue to be for as long as they will have me”
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    “I have been a patient of Dr Lacey’s for four years and she has been the best for me. She always treats me with respect. I would not consider going anywhere else. She is friendly and always has my best interest in her mind. All the staff is exceptional aswell”
    Dan Payne

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    “I have been seeing Dr Lacey Robinson at North Houston Hearing Solutions since November 2014. I have been very happy with the service she and her associates have provided me. She is always willing to help me out even on short notice. I am very happy to have her as my audiologist. She goes the extra mile to ensure I am hearing like I should. Thank you Lacey!”
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    “Very professional, very friendly, very concerned with your total quality of life. The hearing aids have reduced the stress in my marriage. We can now agree on the volume on the tv”
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    “I have been coming to North Houston Hearing Solutions since they moved into the new building. Over the years I have purchased several hearing aids. I have only had great service during all the times. I felt that the audiologist and other staff were always on top of the service I receive. From calling to remind me that it is time to check my hearing aid to helping wade through the insurance paperwork, they were always as nice as can be. I would go nowhere else for hearing aids and the service”
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    “I’ve been coming to North Houston Hearing Solutions for 5 years now. Dr Lacey has kept me in ears (hearing aids) allowing me to hear without anyone knowing I have hearing aids in place. She has been great and the staff has exceeded my expectations”
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    “I love coming here for doctors visits. Dr Robinson is a great doctor and I enjoy our visits. As usual she takes good care of us. The hearing aid is great and we are always treated great”
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