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C – Clear Speech

Welcome back! We have finished the acronym WATCH and now we are starting the acronym CARE:                         While WATCH focused on strategies for the listener in the conversation, CARE focuses on strategies for the speaker in the conversation. Therefore, each letter in the acronym will provide a strategy for effective communication so that the speaker can be heard—loud and clear! Since…

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H – Helpful Gestures

Thank you for joining us again as we continue our discussion of the acronyms WATCH and CARE!                 We have one last letter in WATCH left to discuss before we move on to CARE. Today we are discussing H – Helpful gestures. If a person simply Google’s “gestures and communication”, the results that…

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C – Change the Situation

Thank you for joining us again as we continue our discussion of the acronyms WATCH and CARE! Up to this point, we have discussed three letters: W – Watching the speaker and using all your visual cues can be helpful for communication. A – Asking for repetition by requesting only the information you missed is more effective than asking “what?”…

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T – Telling Others About Your Hearing Loss

Often, talking about hearing loss and hearing aids, and more specifically your own hearing loss and hearing aids can be difficult. Many people fear that by having a hearing loss and wearing hearing aids, they will be stigmatized. Also, hearing loss is a characteristic that is concealable. Since hearing loss is not usually immediately identifiable,  if a person has a…

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Watch the Speaker

If you or someone you know has a hearing loss, even with the use of hearing aids, good communication skills are very important for successful conversation. It is important to keep in mind that even unimpaired communication is not free from mistakes and errors. A typical conversation between two or three people is a continuous flow of interruptions, sudden and…

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Dry and Go

It’s summertime again! While the warm days of barbeques and basking in the sunshine are a welcome relief from the cold winter, your hearing aids may begin to feel the heat. The warmer temperatures and elevated humidity levels will cause additional moisture build up in hearing aids. As a result, hearing aids may start cutting in and out (intermittent sound)…

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Treating Tinnitus

Clients always ask what the treatment for tinnitus is. In this post we will address tinnitus and the various treatment options for tinnitus. Tinnitus (ringing in your ears) is the perception of sound in the ear in the absence of external sounds. Tinnitus can occur in one or both ears or in the head. Many people who have tinnitus describe…

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What happens in a hearing assessment?

A common question patients ask is what happens during a hearing assessment? We have dedicated this post to addressing some of the frequently asked questions about hearing tests. During the assessment the audiologist will initially discuss with you your medical history and hearing concerns. The audiologist will perform a visual inspection of your ear canal and eardrum. After looking in…

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