Reduced hearing can greatly affect the quality of communication you have with others. Not being able to communicate well is challenging because it is an essential component of all relationships.
If you are experiencing reduced hearing, here are some tips for improving communication with others.
1. Self identify
Let people know you have difficulty hearing and what they can do to help you understand.
Your reduced hearing is invisible, the signs of your reduced hearing are not. Unfortunately, some of the signs may be misinterpreted by others.
2. Get plenty of rest.
It takes a lot of energy to listen when you have reduced hearing.
Take listening breaks.
When you are tired and you are finding it difficult to understand what is being said, ask if a particular discussion can be postponed to a better listening time for you, such as the morning.
3. Look for cues and clues
There is a lot you can learn from body language, expressions, and context.