What Other Technology Is Available To Enhance My Hearing?
Maybe you do not want hearing aids yet you are having difficulty hearing in selected situations, especially when noise is present. Sometime you would benefit from special listening devices rather than using hearing aids. For example: You sleep in because you do not hear the alarm or you are having difficulty hearing the phone ring. Times such as on the phone, watching TV or in a noisy place mean that following a conversation can sometimes be frustrating. There are different system available from wireless communication systems, to audio loops and FM systems.
Or maybe you have hearing aids and would like to know about upgrading them to more modern hearing aid technology such as advanced performance technology capable of making hearing and understanding in most situations more enjoyable.
There are many different manufacturers and at Hearing Care Professionals we source the best options available for you. Appropriate selection of the right device for your particular needs and circumstances requires an in depth assessment similar to a hearing aid assessment. Nolene Nielson has extensive experience in choosing the right assistive hearing devices for your situation, so make an appointment for a consultation to work out what would work best for you?
What Can I Do To Improve My Hearing In Noise?
You can train your hearing! Yes the evidence is mounting that using these programs makes a difference to your ability to hear with and without your hearing aids as your brain is where you interpret and create meaning of the sound you hear. Hearing loss has complex and gradual but unnoticeable consequences on how your brain hears.
Hearing Care Professionals use two different programs to help you to train your auditory system resulting in improved listening skills and ability to hear when in complex or difficult listening situations. As part of your comprehensive Audiological assessment you will be advised about the best options available. Contact us for help.
What Else Will Help Me Stay Connected With Those Around Me?
At Hearing Care Professionals we know of many ways we can help you improve your communication and listening skills so that you will be able to communicate more easily with and without hearing aids. The strategies most suitable for you will depend on your hearing and lifestyle needs.
Strategies to help you communicate
There are things you can do, and things others can do, to help you communicate more easily – with or without hearing aids.
Strategies that help you communicate more effectively
- Tell others that you have a hearing loss and let them know how they can help (e.g. make sure you have my attention before speaking to me, speak slower, look directly at me).
- Keep background noise to a minimum – turn down the radio and television when you’re talking, and avoid fans or running water during conversations.
- Move closer to the person speaking and position yourself so you can always see them.
- In large groups, position yourself in the center. At large gatherings, such as church services or lectures, sit at the front of the room. Use an assistive listening device.
How family and friends can help
Reduce background noise
- Turn down any noisy appliances such as televisions, radios, fans and dishwashers.
- Move closer to the listener.
- Try to have only one person speaking at a time in large groups.
Make it easy for a person to read your lips
- Do not cover your mouth or chew gum or food when speaking.
- Reduce the distance between yourself and the listener and look directly at the person when speaking.
- Ensure conversation areas are well lit so the listener can watch facial expressions.
- Avoid conversations in the car where it is difficult to hear between the front and back seats or to read lips.
- Get the listener’s attention before you begin speaking.
How you speak
- Speak at a normal conversational level and avoid loud exaggerated speech.
- Do not speak too quickly.
- Pronounce your words clearly and allow the listener time to fully comprehend the conversation.
- Rephrase a sentence rather than simply repeating it, as some phrases are easier to lip read than others.