restore normal hearing, nor will they make all listening
situations easier. Therefore if you use hearing aids, you
will still need to implement strategies to understand what is
Here are a few
- As you enter a room, stop, look, and
listen. Identify the sounds you hear such as traffic outside,
a clock ticking, air conditioner or heater noise, water running and
- Observe gestures and body language as you
communicate with friends and family and while watching TV.
- Observe the mood of each individual or
group of individuals you are a part of, in terms of how things are
- Consider favorite topics of conversation
of each person you see frequently.
- Observe the topics of conversation in
typical communication situations and anticipate what these might be,
for example, in a doctor's office, restaurant or while playing
- Observe and note whose voices are easier
to hear versus those more difficult to understand. What can
you do to improve this situation?
- Note the DISTANCE of the person speaking
and your ability to SEE them. Microphones in hearing
aids do not pick up like the human eardrum. In normal
listening situations, do not be any further than 10 feet from the
person speaking. And, watch their face and mouth while they