Taking care of a senior loved one involves daily conversation. Communicating with hearing impaired seniors can present many challenges. Use these tips to to increase comprehension and form more successful relationships.
- Communicate within the distance of three feet, face to face.
- Pronounce your words clearly. Speak slowly, distinctly, but naturally, without shouting or exaggerating mouth movements. Shouting distorts the sound of speech.
- Use "body language". Apply facial and body expressions.
- Check the lighting to be certain that your face is clearly visible which will help with lip reading.
- Use strategies to help numbers and letters be correctly understood. "D as in Dog", "41 as in four one".
- Lower your pitch.
- Avoid putting your hands or finger on your face while talking.
- Eliminate as much noise as possible while communicating.
- regularly check hearing devices. Make sure that the device is clean and that the batteries are placed in correctly.
- Have your loved one sit where they can see everyone clearly who will be conversing.
- Say the person's name before beginning a conversation. This gives the listener a chance to focus their attention. Announce what you will be doing or discussing, avoid sudden changes of topic.
- Be certain that you are not talking too rapidly or using sentences that are too complex.
- Do not talk from another room. Not being able to see each other when talking is a common reason people have difficulty understanding what is said.
- If your loved one has difficulty understanding a phrase or word, try to find a different way of saying the same thing, rather than repeating the original words over and over.
- If you are giving specific information, have your loved one repeat the specifics back to you. Many numbers and words sound alike.
- Whenever possible, provide pertinent information in writing, such as directions, schedules, etc.
- Keep in mind that everyone has a harder time hearing and understanding when ill or tired.
- Pay attention to your loved one. A puzzled look may indicate misunderstanding. Ask leading questions so you know your message got across.
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