Then communicating with someone with a hearing loss, with or without hearing aids or cochlear implants, we need to be cognizant of both the listener and the speaker. The individual who has the untreated hearing loss will often be aware at some level that their hearing is not "what it used to be." They will tend to blame or question all around until they are ready to take ownership of their hearing loss. they will say others "mumble or don't speak clear" or "if they would only speak up and use clear English."
Although these things may be true, they are not true with all speakers. If you are the one hearing yourself say these things, it may be time to get your hearing checked. Checking will determine if it is your hearing, memory, auditory processing or if it is everybody else. When speaking with others who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants, remember as a speaker you have a duty to perform the following:
These are just a few suggestions to help reduce miscommunication. We all want to be heard and understood so remember your manners.
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Patricia Larson Shields, AuD FAAA MA CCC-SP/L is a doctor of audiology with her degree from The School of Audiology of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in February, 2003. She has been in business in Mitchell, SD since September, 1991.