If a loved one is suffering from a hearing loss, of course it affects his/her life. Yet, it does affect the lives of all family members in some ways. For instance, family members have to learn how to adjust their lives in a way that will include this family member, so that they do not feel excluded or left out of conversations and activities.
First of all, people needs to remember that anyone can suffer from a hearing loss or a hearing problem. Not all sufferers from hearing related issues are just older people. Younger people can suffer hearing problems, as well. The fact is that static’s are now showing that one in five teens are now suffering some sort of hearing loss. Some reasons for this is just because people are sometimes born with hearing related problems, sometimes a hearing problem will occur because of a virus of some sort and sometimes they will occur because a person is surrounded by a lot of loud noises. Of course, using an iPod at high frequency levels and going to a lot of loud concerts does not help teens any when it comes to protecting their hearing, any.
What steps can a family take to make the life of another family member easier, if they happen to have a hearing problem? First of all, they can remember to do the following:
• Notice the physical space of the environment where you are trying to have a conversation with someone with a hearing impairment. Notice such things as: lightening, is there enough light for the person to see your face, a candle light environment may be nice but may not produce enough light for the person to see you clearly, if the light is behind you the person may not see your face clearly and try not sit near loud noises such as near the kitchen in a restaurant.
• In group conversations, try to control the conversation where one person is talking at a time. If more than one person is talking the person with a hearing impairment may have trouble keeping up with the conversation.
• Try to look at the person when you are talking to them. This will help a hearing impaired person, not only hear you better, but will help them see your lips as you are talking which will help them make out what you are saying.
• Speak slowly.
• Try not to act extremely excited when you are talking or a hearing impaired person will have more trouble keeping up with what you are saying since you may be talking faster than you normally would.
• Try to be helpful. Yet, don’t finish sentences for them.
No, these tips won’t make all conversations perfect when you are talking with a hearing impaired person. Yet, it make help dealing with the hearing loss or impaired easier on everyone concerned.