Tips for Better Hearing in Noise

Tips for Better Hearing in Noise

In Noise by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Jennifer G. Mayer purchased South Shore Hearing Center in January 2016. She was born and raised in Swampscott, MA. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing in 1996 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her Master’s degree in audiology from the Northeastern University in 1998. Dr. Mayer fulfilled her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) in 1999 at Hear USA and Cape Cod Ear, Nose and Throat.
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Hearing loss is a condition that a large number of people will have to tolerate to some degree or another. There can be a variety of causes for the ailment, although this hasn’t meant that the impact of it can be any less severe.

One of the larger factors that it can affect is being able to communicate with people in noisy areas. While this has meant that many people will take advantage of a hearing loss treatment to overcome the irritation that this can cause, some others might not.

Though hearing aids will be the most effective way of overcoming the loss of hearing, many people may want to take advantage of various other tips and tricks to help communicate when meeting people. However, quite a large number of people will struggle to find ways that they can do so.

There is quite a large variety of things that you can consider to hear people when in a noisy area, with many of these being related to each other.

How to Better Hear People in Noisy Environments When You Have Hearing Loss

Non-Verbal Cues

When you’re using your hearing, non-verbal cues will become increasingly more vital when you’re speaking to someone. This is primarily because they can be used as somewhat of a guide to what they’re saying, which could help you understand what they’re trying to communicate more effectively. As such, by asking friends and family for these cues, you should be able to understand them more easily.

Consider the Place & Time

When you’re planning on meeting up with friends or family, you should put a significant amount of consideration into where and when you’re going to meet them. The primary reason for this is because certain areas will be busier at specific times, which will make it much more challenging to communicate.

As such, it’s recommended that you choose a place that you think will be quieter at a certain time. By doing so, you should be able to ensure that you’ll be able to understand them much easier than you otherwise would have.

Lip Reading

Speech recognition will play quite a significant role in communicating when you start suffering from hearing loss. Being able to read a person’s lips could have a large part in this, especially coupled with other non-verbal cues.

A large number of people who have started losing their hearing have taken advantage of lip reading to overcome many of the adverse effects of the condition. However, this will mean that you’ll need to spend a significant amount of time mastering the skill.

There are a variety of classes that you’ll be able to take advantage of to learn the skill, although these could prove to be well worth it in the long-term, as they will help to avoid any awkward situations in the future.

Pick A Well-Lit Place

To properly take advantage of any speech recognition skills that you may be developing, you’ll need to make sure that you’re in a well-lit area. This can be a vital part of ensuring that you’re able to communicate well, as you’ll be able to make sure that you can see your friends or family member’s lips move when they’re talking.

As a result, you should be better able to understand what they’re saying. Much of this can be related to considering the place and time of where you meet them, as different areas will naturally be brighter at various stages of the day.

It can also be tied somewhat to the non-verbal cues that you may need to rely on, which can often form a large part of speech recognition. Though you’ll need to put a significant amount of time and effort into mastering this, it could prove to be quite beneficial if you start to lose your hearing.

While each of the above tips and tricks will be beneficial in overcoming much of the irritation that comes with hearing loss, this doesn’t mean that you’ll have to tolerate the condition. In contrast, hearing aids can be much more beneficial than you might believe.

As such, if you’re starting to lose your hearing, then receiving hearing loss treatment can be essential. Not only will you be able to avoid the majority of problems associated with communicating with people in noisy places, but you may be able to slow down the condition.

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