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Hearing Loss: What You Can Do to Help
Dealing with the onset of hearing loss can be difficult, so it’s important to educate your friends and family to develop a positive support system. Once you’ve done your due diligence and been seen by a professional, such as an otolaryngologist or audiologist, make sure you’re aware of the ways in which you can ease the process for those around you.
Talk to your friends and family about your hearing loss – the more they know, the more they can help
Ask those speaking with you to make face-to-face contact – expressions and mouth movement may be helpful for your comprehension
Teach others to speak louder without shouting – assure them that they need not speak more slowly so much as more clearly
Turn off your TV or radio when you’re not using it
Be aware of noise in your surroundings that will make hearing more difficult – avoid noisy areas in public spaces, such as near a the kitchen in a restaurant or close to the stage when a band is playing
The best way to deal with hearing loss is mutual helpfulness between you and your friends and family.