If you're like me, missing the start of a conversation causes some embarrassment. It's also harder to follow dialogue in noisy restaurants. Our ability to hear changes as we age. Add to that family history, noise exposure or any medical condition that's related and voila, you have the recipe for reduced hearing. Here are a few suggestions to help.
- Sit closer. If you are at a lecture or performance, the closer you sit will increase your opportunity to hear better. As our hearing changes, we lose distance. The closer you are to the speaker or sound source puts you in a better position to hear.
- Choose your seat. Sit next to the people you enjoy talking to. When you make a dinner reservation ask for a round table. It's easier to carry on a conversation when you face the person you are speaking to. Yes, hearing at the other end of the table can be difficult, even for people with normal hearing.
- Grab a headset. They are available at the movies, theater, or house of worship. The American Disabilities Act requires that better hearing is available. When sound streams directly to your ears, it will allow for you to hear with increased volume and clarity. If you wear a hearing aid that is equipped with a telecoil and the venue has a hearing loop, that is your secret to success.
- Attention first, then converse. When you are watching TV with others, make sure that they get your attention before talking to you. Ask them to call out your name or tap you on the shoulder. When you are focused on the person talking to you, it is much easier to have a conversation.
If you notice that you are not hearing as well as you used to, see an Audiologist. We'd love to help you.