Hearing Resolution for 2022 – Part 1 of 3

Q.  My parents have accused each other of not hearing well for the past 3 to 4 years.  Over Christmas my Mom said one of her 2022 resolutions was to get them both to hear better.  What steps should she take?

A.  Let’s address your question in three parts: 1) Personal Behaviors, 2) Hearing Evaluation, and 3) Family Support.

Personal Behaviors:  There are a few easy-to-follow guidelines that make hearing clearer much easier.  Changing behaviors is tough – be patient.

  The Eye Rule: Try to make as much good eye contact as possible when you talk with someone.  Even with a mask on, paying attention with eye contact helps you focus more on what the person is saying.

  The Attention Rule: Before you say something ‘out of the blue’, get the person’s attention.  Use their name, a love name, or an interjection like, “Oh hey.”, “You know what.”, “Listen to this.”

  The Same Room Rule:  We humans love to say things when we want to say them, even if it’s to someone in another room.  Saying them in the same room together, with good eye contact, with a nice interjection like, “Hey Mom …” or “Oh, Honey …” helps the most. 

  Ready to hear better?  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test.  Listen to the newest 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.