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Communication strategies for the festive season
We don’t want you or a loved one to miss hearing a thing this festive season!
If ever there is an important time to implement effective communication strategies, its December! It is the time of year which can seem a bit overwhelming if yourself or a loved one suffers from hearing loss. With the influx of visitors, music, dinner parties, lunches & bbqs- we want to ensure that not only are you not missing out on hearing what’s important, that your loved one’s are also on board to lend a hand.
Here are a few simple strategies that we have found can improve the communication between those with hearing loss and their significant others:
- Facing each other as you talk helps improve your ability to hear the words, but equally importantly pick up the non-verbal cues such as body language, tone and facial expressions.
- Making sure you have good lighting, so you can see the other person’s face, and asking them to talk slowly and distinctly.
- Creating an environment that makes it easier to hear. For example,
- during a conversation, turn off distractions such as the TV or radio.
- In restaurants sitting away from the front door and kitchen, preferably sitting in a corner
- In the home closing doors, turning off radios and televisions when not in use
- Changing old habits that can interfere with hearing, such as calling to a spouse from another room, is also important.
- When you have missed a keyword or phrase, try to request the missing information in a way that involves minimum disruption to the flow of the ongoing conversation, such as:
- Repeating back
- Asking specific questions that indicate what was heard
- Repeating back or rephrasing what you thought you heard
- Asking the talker to say the last sentence in one or two different ways
- Seriously consider getting assistance. Use this festive season to assess your hearing loss & talk with your loved ones about your options. Hearing aids are smaller, smarter and better than ever before, and today use sophisticated digital technology which makes them more effective and personal than ever before.
The longer people go without getting help for their hearing loss, the harder it is for them to relearn how to hear. The brain, where the sound is processed has forgotten certain sounds overtime and must relearn how to hear. If you or someone you know is suffering hearing loss, encourage them to take action today. If they won’t do it for themselves, perhaps they’ll do it for someone they love.
Covid-19 – keeping you safe!
Given current concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important that we understand how to keep our clients & staff safe and healthy.
As an essential service providing health services to the community, we can continue to provide services to our clients during this period. This is consistent with Federal Government advice as of the 12th of May 2020.
- Teleaudiology appointments available for all clients.
- We are available to visit you at home
- Remote programming of hearing aids available
- Pick up & home delivery service is available
WE ARE OPEN!
We are open as per our usual hours from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. We are seeing clients & you are welcome to visit our clinic during these hours! If you would like to take advantage of any of our services please contact our friendly team on 08 9751 1899.
Online Hearing Screener
With Covid19 changing the way that we interact daily we thought now would be the perfect time to introduce our Online Hearing Screener!
Do you find that your hearing is not as good as it should be?
Our 3 minute hearing test will check your ability to hear the loudness and pitch of sounds.
Common signs of hearing loss
Do you have trouble understanding conversation in noisy places? Do you ask people to repeat themselves? Have people told you to get your hearing checked?
You may be missing important sounds and not know it.
Head on over to our Free Online Hearing Screen page to get started!
While there’s no replacement for a consultation with a hearing-care professional, our online hearing test can provide quick and useful feedback about your hearing. For a complete test and evaluation of your hearing, please contact us on 08 9751 1899.
What we can learn from “A star is Born”
Hollywood blockbuster movie “A Star is Born” was released last year with rave reviews, and as hearing professionals we appreciated the spotlight being shone on some of the challenges and dangers that tinnitus, a condition of the auditory system, can have on someones life.
Although a fictional film, it reveals a confronting truth about noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) and tinnitus.
Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) falls in love with Ally (Lady Gaga) and performs very loud, rock-n-roll concerts to sold-out arenas every night. As he was born with hearing loss, this extreme exposure to loud noise compounds to leave Maine with a constant ringing tone (tinnitus) in his head. This causes immense frustration, anxiety and everyday problems hearing conversations.
While tinnitus can affect anyone, it’s especially prominent in musicians and other individuals who may be regularly exposed to loud noises (this includes farmers & trades who work in close proximity) .
A Star Is Born shows just how debilitating tinnitus can be. Throughout the movie we witness Maine’s manager and ENT urging him to wear in-ear monitors, which are custom-moulded ear plugs that blocks dangerous sound yet allows musicians to still hear their voices and instruments over loud audiences and speakers, but he refuses. Subsequently, the tinnitus gets worse as Maine fails to manage it appropriately, a shockingly common combination in tinnitus sufferers.
A Star Is Born may be a Hollywood blockbuster, but the message is real: Tinnitus can be debilitating.
We offer several treatment & management options for tinnitus sufferers. Please give us a call to discuss on 08 9751 1899