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Hearing Tips

PACKAGE INFORMATION IN SMALLER BITES

Since we are endeavoring to convey thoughts in our head to the mind of the listener, we greatly improve how we are understood by not packing too much information in a bunch. In other words, talk about one part of the thought or the story. Then talk about another, then another, giving time for the recipient's mind to absorb and get on track with what we are saying. Running our thoughts together in a long string makes it more difficult to stay on track if we miss one of the pertinent pieces of information.

Keeping connected during conversation is much more pleasant than leaving the listener confused. It can be humorous at times and difficult at others. A little story from my household to yours will further illustrate the point:

I have a habit of speaking to my wife when she is focused on something else in an adjoining room. No wonder she has to say "What?" so many times. Sometimes she will bristle,"I can't hear anything you're saying!" So I get moving in her direction and deliver my conversation courteously to her face. It takes a little extra time and effort, but oh the benefits! Then on the other hand, with my head in the refrigerator and she's in the dining room, no wonder I can't understand her when she tries to tell me where the mustard is. We both laugh and apologize and do it a courteous way so conversation works. After all, isn't that what life is all about, each of us coming in the other person's direction?

Enjoy the conversation!

ARE YOU DAMAGING YOUR HEARING?

Why are so many people hard of hearing? The delicate microscopic cells of the inner ear are easily damaged by exposure to loud sounds. The louder the sound and the longer the exposure to those sounds, the greater the damage. Many with hearing loss wish they had worn hearing protection years go when they worked in noisy environments or listened to music at ear damaging loudness. It's never too late for you to develop a proactive lifestyle to prevent the loss of one of your most precious assets -- your ability to hear normally.

SLOW DOWN

Speak slowly enough. Don't rush through what you are saying, resulting in the listener being left out in the cold. It takes time for the brain to process thoughts. Our age often determines how fast we carry on conversations. Younger people speak quite fast these days. Older individuals require more time to process speech information. Like dance partners keeping in step, you may have to slow down to produce a coordinated duo.

OVERCOMING NOISE

Your success in conversation is influenced by noise. The more noise, the more difficult it is for you to understand speech. Modern hearing aids can help you by 1) reducing the amplification of general background noise, by 2) stopping the amplification of loud sounds like crying babies and clanging dishes, and by 3) "noise cancellation" - the latest hi-tech approach to "cleaner sound." You can also benefit from listening techniques that improve how you approach noisy environments.

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