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Our Hearing Partners

Post by Julia Stepp

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

– Leo Tolstoy, Russian Writer

Not long ago, I realized I’ve been a hearing partner my whole life. An aha moment during our Lipreading Concepts class recently reminded me I have been practicing hearing loss communication rules since I was a kid. My grandmother would touch my arm so I would look at her, then she’d say, “Now repeat that.” This simple routine started when I was 7 or 8 years old. 

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Communication & Boundaries

Communication is a chore in general. Add hearing loss and it’s 10 times more challenging. At Hearing Loss LIVE!, we say this all the time in regards to communication: We cannot do our part, if others don’t do their part. The following 3 guidelines are for our hearing communication partners – this is their part of the communication equation:

  1. Get the hard of hearing person’s attention first, before talking.
  2. Face that person while talking the whole time. The minute you turn away, sound starts to fade a bit. We need sound coming right to us. Also, seeing is hearing. We use facial expressions, body language and minor lipreading to help interpret the spoken language. 
  3. Be within 6 feet because the closer you are the better the sound quality. Again, seeing is hearing. 
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Proactive with Hearing Loss

Do you manage your hearing loss (proactive) ? Or does it manage your life (reactive)?

Many people with hearing loss tend to be passive which leads to isolation. We miss out on opportunities and it interrupts our relationships. When we lean too heavily on others to hear for us, we lose ourselves. We end up reactive. Today, we take a look at being proactive with hearing loss.

Manage your hearing loss so you find yourself again.

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Happy Anniversary!

Chelle: This is Hearing Loss LIVE!’s 40th podcast and it’s our first anniversary. ! It’s been fun creating podcasts and seeing where they go. We’ve highlighted hearing loss and its related issues and strategies; spotlighted community members for inspiration, and will continue to do so.

I love the connections we’ve made. 

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Attend a Hearing Loss Convention

Hearing Loss LIVE! went to the 2022 SayWhatClub (SWC) convention August 10th-13th in Nashville, Tennessee In this post about the convention, we hope to inspire you to attend a hearing loss convention yourself.

What does that mean?