Can you give me one quick tip so that I can help my mother who isn’t hearing well? Tip #4

By Dr. Anne Simon

September 11, 2017

When you are speaking to your mother, pause between phrases.

Typically, when speaking to someone with hearing loss, you may raise the volume of your voice. I see family members fall into the habit of shouting. This actually distorts what you are trying to convey to someone with hearing loss.

Speak distinctly, but without exaggeration. Speak at a normal rate, not too fast or too slow. Just pause between phrases. It should look a little bit like this:

When you speak . . . with a loved one . . . who has hearing loss . . . insert pauses in your speech . . . Your loved one . . . will have time . . . to catch up . . . with what you are saying . . .Use your normal rate of speech . . . but add in pauses.

When you are speaking to your mother, pause between phrases.

 

In the meantime, ask your mom if she would be willing to schedule an audiologic evaluation. Call my office at 208-746-7022. I’ve helped many moms and dads hear full conversations.

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