|Posted on April 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM|
Hearing difficulties can often make memory difficulties appear worse and we may lose our attention or concentration during daily activities or conversations if we can't hear very well. If an individual cannot properly hear then they are not able to learn new information, making it difficult to remember later on. Careful management of hearing is essential!
Suggestions for maximizing hearing in everyday life:
(Adapted from Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology Website (www.audrehab.org)
Do not speak to each other from another room.
Do not speak with your back towards the person to whom you are addressing.
Do not start speaking and then turn away from the person with whom you are conversing.
Do not speak in competition with anything else.
Do get the attention of the person with whom you wish to speak before you begin speaking.
Do speak face-to-face whenever possible.
Do try to remove obstructions while speaking: Hand from in front of your mouth, food in your mouth, etc.
Do speak clearly and distinctly. Project and enunciate.
Do exercise patience while communicating.
Do be supportive to the person with whom you are speaking if there is a miscommunication.
If you have difficulty hearing others you may feel frustrated or annoyed. Take a mindful breath and with grace and a smile politely ask the other person to repeat themselves and speak up!