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I recognized those were my words. They were ones I’d said to him over and over for years. I had thoughtlessly made the mistake my family members so often make – speaking to someone in another room and expecting them to understand what was said. I felt embarrassed and humbled about my flippant error, but at the same time proud about the way he handled it. It was exactly the way I’d modeled it for my family so many times.
I’ve had significant hearing loss for almost two decades and I’m a licensed hearing care professional. I’m also the daughter of a person with significant hearing loss. I eat, breathe, work and sleep hearing loss and adaptive communication strategies. Of course, I know better than to talk to someone when they’re in another room, whether they have hearing loss or not. But I had done it anyway.
Practicing communication skills
As human beings, we tend to get lazy with communication. This is especially true in families. We’re often more casual in communication with our close loved ones than we are at work or in social settings. Even when we know better, we still sometimes speak when facing away from the person we’re talking to, call out to someone in another room or otherwise flub an opportunity to be heard. It isn’t purposeful. It’s not carefully planned to make the other person feel slighted. It’s just being normal humans, making common mistakes. The failure to communicate effectively can create relationship stress we just don’t need or want in our lives.
Anyone can have trouble understanding spoken words – even people with normal hearing or those who compensate for hearing loss with hearing aids. This can have serious and far-reaching effects on any family. In my own family, I’ve tried to teach the kids to avoid saying “What?” when they don’t understand someone. Instead, we say, “I don’t understand what you are saying,” and give the speaker an opportunity to change something in their delivery so they can be understood.
Hearing loss in families is sometimes untreated
I straddle both sides of this equation. I have hearing loss myself and I wear fantastic hearing aids. I’m also the daughter of a person with significant hearing loss who also has excellent hearing aids but frequently chooses not to wear them. I text my mother before going to her house to remind her to put in her hearing aids. Often she does and she can hear and converse with us right away when we walk in. When that happens, life is good.
Other times, though, my mother doesn’t put in her hearing aids for our visit and she cannot understand a word we say. This doesn’t stop her from asking questions, repeatedly, to which she cannot understand the answers. I keep a handwritten note in my purse that says “Mom, I will talk with you after you put in your hearing aids.”
There’s no question — when a family member has a hearing loss, treated or untreated, the loss impacts the entire family. Even when using hearing aids, most people with hearing loss still struggle to understand speech in challenging listening conditions. What should you do? First, encourage your loved one to see a hearing care professional for treatment. Second, lay some ground rules for communication.
Two simple rules for family communication
Family communication is vital, whether hearing loss affects the family or not. Sure, we all get lazy and we all make mistakes. It’s also ridiculous to think someone with perfect hearing is going to understand you when they’re on another floor of the home, you have your face stuck in a cupboard, they are walking away or there is background noise. So I strive to make clear communication a priority.
As a person with hearing loss, I’ve spent years trying to model these two rules:
- If you are the speaker, it’s your job to be sure what you’re saying is being heard and understood. If it isn’t, you need to fix it.
- If you are the listener, it’s your job to let the speaker know whether you’ve heard and understood.
Be nice to each other
When your family member has hearing loss, you may encounter the frustration of repeating yourself, the feeling of being ignored and separation from the relationship. The most important communication rule in my family is to be forgiving when someone makes a mistake, because no one is perfect. Be calm, even when patience is wearing thin. No one is at fault here. Communication is what makes us human, and with that sometimes comes communication mishaps. The sooner we develop an attitude of acceptance, the smoother it will go.
The Hear the World Foundation has recognized the relevance of this topic early and is engaged in providing audiological care for children since its foundation in 2006. With a video produced specially for World Hearing Day (available to view at www.hear-the-world.com), the Hear the World Foundation is aiming to raise awareness among as many parents as possible about how important it is for their children to hear well, and to show specific ways in which parents can protect their children’s hearing.
“What many people don’t realize is that good hearing is essential for enabling children to learn to speak and to develop at an appropriate rate for their age,” explains Dr. Jerry Northern, Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Advisory Board Member of the Hear the World Foundation. “It is therefore crucial to inform parents all over the world and offer them concrete support.”
Top tips for parents:
- Be proactive and ask for a newborn hearing screening: The earlier hearing loss is diagnosed and the children affected are provided with hearing aids, the better chances those children have of achieving their full potential and living a life without restrictions.
- Have yourself and your child vaccinated: During pregnancy, certain viral infections (e.g. rubella (German measles) or cytomegaly) can lead to fetal hearing loss. Later on, infectious diseases such as meningitis, mumps, or measles can damage hearing in young children. You can protect yourself and your child by getting vaccinated against these conditions.
- Protect your child from everyday noise: Avoid spending long periods of time in noisy places and ensure that your child wears suitable hearing protection in loud environments. It is also important to make sure that children’s toys are not too loud and to teach your child about the permanent long-term damage noise can have on their hearing.
- Avoid medication that could damage hearing: There is a range of what are known as ototoxic medications available, which can cause damage to hearing. Find out from your physician what medication can cause ototoxicity and read the package insert before using medication.
60 percent of hearing loss in children can be prevented by taking the right measures. Let’s act now! Visit www.hear-the-world.com to learn more.
About the Hear the World Foundation
By supporting the charitable Hear the World Foundation, Sonova is campaigning for equal opportunities and a better quality of life for people with hearing loss. As a leading manufacturer of hearing care solutions, the company feels socially responsible for contributing towards a world where everyone has the chance to enjoy good hearing. For instance, the Hear the World Foundation supports disadvantaged people with hearing loss around the world and gets involved in prevention and providing information. It focuses particularly on projects for children with hearing loss, to enable them to develop at the appropriate rate for their age. More than 90 famous ambassadors, including celebrities such as Plácido Domingo, Annie Lennox, Sting and Joss Stone, champion the Hear the World Foundation. For further information, go to www.hear-the-world.com.
Here some common signs indicating that you may have hearing loss:
- You have trouble hearing people talking on the telephone
- You have difficulty following a conversation when a few people are talking at the same time
- Family, neighbors or friends complain that your TV is too loud
- You have trouble hearing in noisy environments
- You say “what?” a lot
- You have trouble understanding women and childrenYou become annoyed at others because you perceive that they are mumbling
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