Eyes and Attention Help Hearing

Q.  Either my husband’s selective hearing has been getting worse, or his hearing has, or both.  What are some simple steps I can take to get him to hear me better?

A.  To a degree, we all have selective hearing because environmental and situational circumstances will influence how well we hear.  Here are three simple steps you can follow to ensure your husband hears you as well as possible, and you hear him, too.

    First, make sure you and your husband look at each other when you talk together.  If you can see each other’s eyes, you will understand each other better.  Second, if you are not looking at each other, gently get his attention before you start talking.  Try saying, “Honey, ….”,  or “Listen to this …”, or “Guess what …”.  Third, minimize noise around you.  The more noise there is around you, the harder it will be to understand what someone is saying.

    On our website at www.betterhearingofaustin.com, we provide these suggestions and others in a document called the ‘Golden Rules for Better Hearing’.  Print it out for easy reference.  We also hand them out in our office. 

  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 to arrange for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test with your husband.  Join him.  He can listen to the new Oticon More hearing aids and find out what better hearing sounds like.  We also provide 4-week, no-obligation trials.

  Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award.  Since 2008, he has purchased a multitude of hearing aids for students at the Texas School for the Deaf.