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How to Communicate with a Senior Loved One Who Has Hearing Loss

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Having a senior in home care who suffers from hearing loss can be a difficult time for everyone involved — especially when you’re trying to have meaningful conversations with them. We understand your situation, and we’re working to help you communicate with your senior more effectively. Below, read through our advice to begin easily mastering these conversations. 

Get Their Attention First

Before you begin trying to have a conversation with your senior, it’s best to get their attention first — politely, of course! Here are a few methods you can try: 

  • Waving your hands calmly in their line of sight
  • Stepping in front of them so they can see you
  • Gently tapping them on the shoulder.

Keep Noise Levels to a Minimum

Eliminate as much background noise as possible to make it easier to communicate with your senior. This means turning off of moving away from music, television and other people’s conversations.

For example…

If you’re going out in public with your senior, we recommend choosing a quiet, less populated location to ensure the least amount of distractions.

Take Turns Speaking

If you’re in a group spending time with your senior, it is helpful if each person takes turns while speaking. Otherwise, group conversations when multiple people speak at the same time can be confusing and overwhelming for your senior! It is also best for the group to avoid any side conversations that could distract your senior. 

Talk Loudly, Slowly and Clearly

It may be time to use some new methods when you’re trying to communicate with your senior. When conversing, be sure to enunciate your words the best you can and talk slowly to avoid your senior not being able to keep up with your pace what you’re saying. Since your senior suffers from hearing loss, talking at a louder volume is also helpful.

Repeat and Rephrase

If your senior doesn’t understand something you said the first time around, try not to get frustrated. Instead, just try and repeat yourself. As you do, use the same words and phrasing as you did the first time. If your senior still isn’t comprehending what you’re saying, then you can try rephrasing or simplifying your question or statement.

Remember that this can be a challenging time for you and your senior. Being patient and listening to them goes a long way to help you have a better conversation with them. If you would like more advice on communicating with a senior who has hearing loss, or for information on home care services, please call Home Care Assistance today and schedule your consultation.