If you are living with hearing loss, you know that it takes extra effort to communicate with others.
There are techniques you can learn to improve communication and avoid stress. These techniques can also help you:
Many things in your surroundings can affect how well you hear and understand what others are saying. These include:
Changes in your house or office can help you hear better:
To better follow a conversation:
Many different devices to help people with hearing loss are available. If you are using hearing aids, regular visits with your audiologist are important.
People around you can also learn methods to help them talk to a person with hearing loss.
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National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Assistive devices for people with hearing, voice, speech, or language disorders. Nidcd.nih.gov website. www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/assistive-devices-people-hearing-voice-speech-or-language-disorders. Updated March 6, 2017. Accessed July 5, 2017.BACK TO TOP
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