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Introduction

Living Well is designed to help you explain where and when it is most important to communicate well.

Choose different communication situations and describe how you manage them. Complete the tool with someone close to you (such as your spouse) who might have another point of view.

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Communication Situation

Situation

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In a noisy environment
Communicating with my family
Communicating with spouse
Watching television
Communicating over the phone
Listening in church
Participating in a meeting
Watching a movie in a cinema
Communicating in a car
Shopping
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Description

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Strategy

Choose an idea to help you plan for difficult situations.

  • Position yourself When attending events, position yourself in the best place for communication. Make sure to face the speaker. Sit at the end of the table. This provides the best view of others. If hearing is better in one ear, keep your good ear facing the speaker.
  • Make a plan ahead of time Think about the communication situation ahead of time. Will there be a lot of background noise? Is there one person in particular you want to communicate with? Make a strategy for how you will manage the sitaution before you get there.
  • Acknowledge you have a hearing loss Tell others that you have a hearing loss and explain the difficulties you have. Ask them to tell you what they are talking about and try to suggest ways that they can help improve communication.
  • Do not bluff If you do not understand a message, ask the other person to repeat or rephrase. Asking people to rephrase is often more helpful than asking them to repeat the same thing over and over again.
  • Organize your environment Try to reduce background noise by, for example, closing doors or windows.
  • Ask for clarification Be specific about what you did not hear. If you have understood part of the conversation, only ask for the part you misunderstood to be repeated. Remember to tell the other person the part of the conversation you did understand, so they only need to repeat the part you didn’t understand.
  • Analyze why you are experiencing difficulty Make a specific request. Ask people to face you when they are speaking. Ask others to speak a little more slowly. This makes speech easier to understand.
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Who will help you

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  • Friend
  • Sibling
  • Spouse
  • Audiologist
  • Coworker
  • Other

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Living Well - 16/09/2017