The recent coronavirus pandemic has affected all of our lives. In Utah, Governor Herbert has issued a directive to “stay safe/stay home” as much as possible.
In following this directive, many of us have spent much more time at home. In this article, we would like to offer some tips for hearing better while at home.
Control the environment
One of the biggest obstacles to effective communication is background noise. At home, we can often control this factor. Try not to have a conversation over the television or while doing the dishes. Another obstacle to communication is reverberation. Soft surfaces, such as rugs or drapes, can absorb sound and reduce echo.
Get your loved one’s attention
Getting someone’s attention before speaking to them greatly improves communication. Examples of getting someone’s attention may include calling their name and waiting for a response, tapping them on the shoulder before speaking, or a gentle tug of the shirt sleeve.
Communicate face to face
Once you’ve gained attention, it is recommended you continue to face the person you are talking to. When we are facing our communication partner, we gain several advantages.
First, our voice has a straight path to their ears – there is not a lot of degradation of the auditory signal. This allows for a good clean sound that is more easily understood.
Second, we are able to observe body language, facial expressions, and other non-verbal cues. Finally, looking at someone helps us to maintain our focus and attention. We are less likely to be accused of “selective hearing” when we are looking someone in the eye.
Hearing and Balance Doctors Can Help You Hear Better
Our clinic, Hearing & Balance Doctors, is currently open for essential needs. We have also opened a curbside service for hearing aid cleaning/troubleshooting.
Our doctors are even available by phone for questions. If you have questions or would like to be hearing better at home, please call us today at (435) 688-8991.