If you are loosing your hearing or finding it difficult to hear, here are some tips on to improve communications:

  • Be close to the talker for hearing and speech reading
  • ask people to talk at a moderate pace (like a newscaster)
  • ask people to look at you and keep their hands and objects away from their mouths so you and see them clearly.  try lip reading
  • if one ear is better than the other, have the person position himself on the side of your good ear
  • avoid background noise
  • plan ahead (ie: call restaurants ahead and ask for specific seating)
  • ask specific questions about what you have heard rather than just saying what
  • repeat what you have heard to see if you have understood correctly