HearCare Newsletter May 2011 Vol1 Issue2


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http://hearing-aids-toronto.com Congratulations for looking after your hearing. If you have hearing loss, Gail or Elka will have recommended that you wear hearing aids.

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HearCare Newsletter May 2011 Vol1 Issue2

  1. 1. HearCare Newsletter May 2011 Vol1 Issue2 Congratulations for looking after your hearing. If you have hearing loss, Gail or Elka will have recommended that you wear hearing aids. But that is only the first step to better hearing. In this edition of our newsletter we will introduce the topic “Strategies to Improve Communication”. Watch for more articles about this topic and assistivelistening devices in our next editions.In the past few months, Gail and Elka have been visiting some ofour community retirement residences in Etobicoke. At thesepresentations, we have talked to residents about hearing health,hearing loss, how to improve hearing and hearing aids.Following the presentation, we offer a hearing aid cleaning andminor repairs workshop, as well as answer questions from theattendees.If you or your organization would like us to present to yourfacility, please contact us.25%off all hearing aid batteries on every Seniors Day atRichview Square Plaza (the last Tuesday of every month).HearCare Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic (888) 785-8640
  2. 2. OpenHouse on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 (Seniors Day inthe Plaza), HearCare will celebrate one year of providing hearinghealthcare to the Etobicoke neighbourhood.To say thank you to the community for your support in makingour clinic a success, we invite you to join us at our open house(between 9am-3pm). Please drop by to share light refreshments,participate in our draw for a door prize, and let us know if there isanything we can help you with.Wearing hearing aids and keeping them in good repair are yourpart in improving communication with your family and friends.Even so, you and your family may still notice that you are notalways hearing them clearly and you might need things repeatedfrom time to time.Here are a few strategies that both individuals with hearing lossand their communication partners can use to makecommunication better.The first thing to do is to turn down the background noise: turnoff the television or the radio, move away from noisy machines,like the dishwasher.The second thing is to move closer to the person speaking.Distance is a crucial factor in communication. The level of a voiceis halved when the distance from the speaker is doubled. Thismeans that even a small increase in distance may causecommunication to fail.HearCare Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic (888) 785-8640
  3. 3. Try sitting facing each other in a comfortable quiet environment.A room with lots of upholstery is often the best acoustically forunderstanding speech.Other approaches include asking the speaker to rephrase ratherthan repeat if you do not understand what is being said. If anindividual with hearing loss does not understand you, repeatingthe same phrase over and over again may not help. Considertrying to phrase that sentence in a different way or usingdifferent words.A common misconception is that a speaker must raise his/hervoice to be understood by a person with hearing loss. But raisingones voice does not help with improving clarity; in fact it is notusually the volume of the voice that is the issue, but the choice ofyour words.Instead, a much better method is to slow down, speak at yournormal volume and enunciate clearly. Mouth movements shouldnot be exaggerated, and hands should be kept away from theface when speaking to a person with hearing loss.Shouting is as uncomfortable to a person with hearing aids as itwould be to a person with normal hearing, and usually will makethe person with hearing loss feel that you are angry with them.Everyone, but especially people with hearing loss, hears moreaccurately when paying attention to what is being said. Whenspeaking to someone, try attracting their attention, make surethey are looking at you, and encourage them to listen.HearCare Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic (888) 785-8640
  4. 4. Wearing well-functioning hearing aids and using all thecommunication strategies discussed here will enable the bestspeech understanding possible.We welcome your comments about this issue and yoursuggestions about future issues of our newsletter. For More Information Call Us at (888) 785-8640Or Visit http://hearing-aids-toronto.com, YouTube, Facebook and TwitterHearCare Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic (888) 785-8640