If you are a hearing person, you have likely never stopped to really think about how difficult communication is for a hard-of-hearing or deaf person.
Our ability to speak and hear is important to our daily lives, and a lot of us take it for granted.
For someone with hearing loss, everyday activities like ordering a coffee, catching up on the phone with a friend, attending a work meeting, etc. can come with a fair amount of difficulty.
Every year, Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) dedicates the month of May to raising public awareness about communication health.
The purpose of this is to shed some light on the importance of early detection and intervention in the treatment of communication disorders.
How can you help?
-Make sure you are looking directly at the person you are speaking to. Some hard-of-hearing individuals rely heavily on lip reading.
-Speak slowly, and clearly so they have a better chance of picking up every word spoken
-Be patient. Don’t get frustrated if they ask you to repeat yourself. Asking people to repeat themselves can be frustrating and even embarrassing for many.
-Try planning activities in quieter environments. Background noise is annoying as it is, but someone that is hard-of-hearing will only hear the noise around them. Your voice will be drowned out.
Any other suggestions? Please share them in the comments!
If you think you may have a hearing loss and want it checked out, now is the perfect time!
Our office in located in Burnaby, BC and Jamie Larsen, Director of Audiology will be happy to perform a free hearing test to get you started on the right path.