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Did you know there is a “best way” when it comes to telling people about your hearing loss? Read more...
Did you know there is a “best way” when it comes to telling people about your hearing loss?  A recent article posted at hearinglikeme.com discussed research done at Massachusetts Eye and Ear to explore how hearing-impaired people informed others about their hearing loss. The research identified three types of disclosure:
  • Basic disclosure:  Those who disclose that they have hearing loss and perhaps also share details about their condition.
    • Example: I’m partially deaf due to an infection I had years ago.
  • Nondisclosure:  Those who do not disclose their hearing loss and/or use phrases that normal hearing people may use;
    • Example: I can’t hear you. Please speak up.
  • Multipurpose disclosure:  Those who disclose hearing loss and also suggest an accommodation strategy;
    • Example: I don’t hear as well out of my right ear. Please walk on my left side.
You can read more at http://www.hearinglikeme.com/how-to-talk-about-hearing-loss/.
According to the study, the best way to tell someone you have hearing loss is using the multipurpose method. 
“Hearing loss is an invisible disability; however, asking people to slow down or face someone with hearing loss while speaking may improve communication.”
Hearing loss is often accompanied by an increased desire to isolate yourself to avoid the frustration that comes from not being able to understand what people say.  The frustration can be avoided simply by taking a moment to explain to people what the issue is and how to best work around or accommodate your individual hearing loss.  They will appreciate knowing, and you will appreciate the conversation more fully!
CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!
Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator