One of my Facebook followers asked: “I have hearing loss and sometimes watch other people’s children. What tips do you have for understanding their voices?”
When I have young children over for a playdate, I sometimes show them my hearing aids and point out that my ears are “broken.” I also show them how to tap me gently on the shoulder when they need my attention. Even after all this and I struggle to hear them, I try to direct the conversation and the play. If I know what the subject of the conversation is, I am more likely to understand. I kneel down on the child’s level so that it is easier to lip read. Other times, I’ll ask one of my older children to repeat clearly to me what the child just said.
What suggestions do you have? Post them below.