There are three main factors that impact your ability to hear and understand speech. The first factor is the listener. How well do you hear? If you have trouble hearing you need to maximize your ability to hear. Wear hearing aids and use assistive devices when recommended. Also, the amount of attention and focus you give the speaker will impact how well you hear.
The second factor is the speaker (the person talking). Does he or she have a familiar voice? Does the speaker project, and speak slowly and clearly. Have you noticed it’s more difficult to hear someone with an accent? The speaker’s expressions, body language, mannerisms and your interest in the subject all play a role in how well you hear.
The third factor is the room. Does it have high ceilings and hardwood floors? If so, there is likely an echo which decreases your understanding of words. Loud background noise also interferes with your ability to communicate. Plus, the further the person talking is from you, the less you will hear.
All of these and more, affect your ability to hear and understand. If you feel you are not hearing as well as you would like, make an appointment for an audiologic assessment and hearing aid check. Ensure you hear the best you can for the holidays.
Life sounds great! Enjoy every moment!
Jane Kukula, AuD & Ashley Spisak, AuD
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060