How to Improve Communication with Others if You Have a Bad Hearing
Easy to Follow Tips for Seniors to Improve their Hearing:
1. Stand face to face. Looking straight at people, you can catch on the go signals from their facial expressions and mouth movements.
2. Get rid of background noise. People with hearing loss can have problems blocking background noise. Turn off the TV or stereo while talking to other people. Choose quiet restaurants and meeting places to talk.
3. Ask people to speak clearly. If you have trouble hearing the person, ask the person to speak slowly and clearly. Most people will understand and speak slower so that you can understand them.
4. Go with the flow. Do not interrupt when someone speaks. The flow of conversation can help you understand the meaning of what is being said, even if you do not catch every word.
5. Use assistive listening devices. Today senior citizens can find quite a few listening aids which can assist them in improving their hearing. Some of them are simple, such as phones with high volume, or headphones that can be connected to a TV. Other devices are more modernized and complex.
A personal frequency modulation (FM) system allows people to use a microphone that transmits speech to headphones or directly to a hearing aid. FM systems are the perfect solution for places like theaters, auditoriums, halls, and churches. An inductive closed loop system uses wires that are located around the perimeter of the room to transmit sound. The signal is transmitted to a coil, receiver, built-in hearing aid or cochlear implant. More and more systems are being installed in places such as airports, public buildings, churches, and theaters.
Infrared sensors send sound to headphones or hearing aids through infrared light from televisions and other devices. Computer speech recognition software translates voicemail messages into text. Speech recognition is becoming increasingly popular for answering machines, mobile phones, and other devices. Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids receive digital audio signals from devices such as cell phones, televisions, and computers.
Subtitles display the spoken words as text at the bottom of TV screens. Notification devices, such as an alarm clock, use loud sounds, lights, or vibrations to alert people with hearing loss. Medicare: Are Hearing Aids Covered? No. Neither 2019 Medicare advantage plan nor Medigap (Medicare supplement plans) cover hearing aids. Medicare only pays for services which are considered as medically-essential by your physician.