Can you give me one quick tip so that I can help my mother who isn’t hearing well? Tip #3

By Dr. Anne Simon

August 11, 2017

When you are speaking to your mother, keep your hands away from your face.

You might not see having your hands near your face as a habit of yours. But, in this ‘multi-tasking’ culture of ours, there are a lot of habits and tasks we do while communicating. Many of these habits you might not be aware of: talking while eating, touching your hands to your cheek, holding your chin in your hands, rubbing or scratching your head, etc.

These habits, sometimes unconscious, have something in common with tip #2 (maintaining eye contact). We often converse while doing other tasks. Conversing while multitasking might be successful with normal hearing friends. What those with normal hearing might not understand about those with hearing loss is how much greater effort is required to communicate.

If you are conversing while doing other things, this can be especially difficult for those with hearing loss. When communicating with someone who doesn’t hear well, you need to make communication the priority. A priority is when you say, “No” to everything else.

All of the useful visual information available when you keep and maintain eye contact (facial expressions, body language, lip-reading) is obscured when you have your hands near your face.

When you are speaking to your mother, keep your hands away from your face.

That is another thing you can do right now.

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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