Better hearing requires more than simply hearing aids.

Better communication strategies can smooth the period of adjustment required when individuals start wearing hearing aids, and can help reassure both the person with hearing loss and their family members or loved ones that they’re being understood clearly.

If you suspect or know that the person you are speaking with has a hearing loss, please consider the following tips to enhance communication:

  • Sit or stand within 3 to 6 feet to maximize audibility.
  • Remain at eye level to foster visual cues.
  • Gain the person’s attention before speaking.
  • Use facial expressions and gestures to give clues to the meaning of your message.
  • Raise your voice but do not shout, because loud speech may sound distorted.
  • Speak slowly and distinctly.
  • Use short, simple sentences.
  • Rephrase your words if the person does not appear to understand or responds inappropriately.
  • Avoid speaking directly into the person’s ear, because it can distort your message and hide all visual cues.

5 Keys Communication

Aural Rehabilitation

We know that some people have trouble understanding speech clearly even when it is made loud enough. We also know that hearing aids are only one piece to the communication puzzle. At Champlain Valley Audiology, we understand the benefits and limitations of hearing aids for your particular hearing loss and that hearing aids are only one piece of the communication puzzle. This is why we include a comprehensive auditory rehabilitation program, called the 5 Keys Communication as part of the treatment and management of hearing loss. 5 Keys Communication provides 12 months of auditory rehabilitation after hearing aids are fitted, or, while the person with hearing loss is considering the use of hearing aids. Why? Because hearing impaired individuals who engage in a comprehensive auditory rehabilitation program are more successful communicators than those who do not. Success is the goal and we are committed to including all elements of treatment to better your outcome with hearing aids!