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Colorado Springs

Audiology, Inc.

 

 

Phone  719.520.1155

 

LOCATION  & DIRECTIONS

 

Dr. Gene McHugh

Licensed Audiologist

In Colorado

 

 

 

OFFICE HOURS

Mountain Time USA

Mon-Thurs 9:00AM-5:00PM

Closed Fridays

 

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COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES 

 FOR PEOPLE WHO USE HEARING AIDS

If you use hearing aids, here are some strategies to assist you with understanding others, over and above what your hearing aid(s) do:  

 

 
 
  • Make it a habit to watch the speaker even if listening is not difficult. It is good to get in the habit of paying attention.
  • Don't interrupt the speaker before he or she finishes a sentence. You may not understand the beginning, but may catch the end.
  • When you are aware you missed something important, ask that it be repeated rather than simply saying "huh?"
  • Summarize what you did hear so that your communication partner knows what to fill in.
  • Learn about the topic being discussed. When you know what a person is talking about, it is easier to follow the conversation.
  • Learn to look for ideas rather than isolated words.
  • Keep alert for key words in sentences in order to follow ideas.
  • Use the clues from the situation to help get meanings. The idea is often spelled out by the actual situation. You may be able to anticipate words or phrases that will probably be used.
  • Don't be afraid to guess, using situational and contextual clues. It's better to try and fail rather than "tune out" all together.
  • Keep informed of your friend's interests. If you and your friends have favorite topics, this limited content makes understanding easier.

    Stay aware of current events. When you know something about a topic you can more readily recognize key words, names, and so forth. It will be helpful to read the daily newspaper and to be aware of the programs many people may watch, even if you don't watch TV.

    Ask family members to keep you informed about things that are happening in your community and neighborhood and about events in the lives of people you know.

    Keep your sense of humor.