How To Talk About Hearing Loss
TALKING TO A LOVED ONE ABOUT HEARING LOSS
Below are some general tips on how to talk to a loved one about hearing loss, as well as some talking points on the most common reasons people give for denying hearing loss. We have some materials that you can download, which might be useful for getting the conversation started.
If you want to learn more about hearing loss, check out our resources:
- Ensuring you have the person’s attention before you start speaking.
- Make eye contact with your loved one. If you are making eye contact then you are facing them and they can see your mouth. Both of these things make it easier for people with a hearing loss to understand speech.
- Try and keep your hands away from your mouth when you are speaking to your loved one.
- Speak normally, annunciate clearly and do not speak too loudly or quickly. Don’t talk down to them.
- Use appropriate facial expressions and body language.
- If they do not understand something you say then try rewording your sentence. Some words are easier to hear or lip-read than others.
- Try and have the conversation in a quiet place, away from competing noises or distractions. Noises that interfere with hearing include music, TVs, air conditioners or even a fridge’s humming.
Common Reasons for Denying Hearing Loss
Cost of Treatments
Hearing aids are also very good value for money. They improve your quality of life and reduce your risk of developing one of the complications of hearing loss. They also help people stay in the workforce longer. Untreated hearing loss costs the Australian economy over $20 billion a year. This means that by getting help, you can actually save yourself a lot of money in the future.