Whether you wear hearing aids or not, having difficulty hearing in loud or busy environments is pretty common. Although we recommend that you see a hearing care professional if you are experiencing any problems with hearing, it can be helpful to use some of the following communication strategies to help you hear better in noisy situations.
8 Communication Strategies in Noisy Situations:
- When you are at home, turn the television off, turn the volume down, or mute it.
- If you are in the car, roll up the windows and turn down the radio.
- When you are at the office, consider closing the door to the room you are trying to have a conversation in, as this will help block out the extra office noise.
- When dining out at a restaurant, try and request a table up against the wall or in a corner, and try to avoid busy dinner rush hours because there is more commotion and noise. If necessary, ask to be seated away far away as possible from the kitchen.
- Make sure to face the person you are talking to, as facial expressions, gestures and speech reading can help in understanding and hearing what is said.
- Good lighting is important and can help you better see the person who is talking.
- Try and avoid using the phrases “huh?” or “what?” Instead repeat the parts you heard and the speaker can fill in any of the blanks.
- Don’t pretend you heard everything just nod in agreement. If possible, ask the speaker to repeat themselves.
Consult with the Experts at Hearing Aid Counselors
Communication strategies can be used for people with hearing loss, but they are also effective and useful for people without hearing loss as well. It is important to remember that even those with great hearing still struggle to hear in some situations. If you are experiencing any difficulty hearing in background noise, please contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient southern Idaho hearing center locations in Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Hailey, or Burley.