Nearly 36 million Americans report a loss in hearing.
Our audiologists are trained to diagnose, manage, and treat problems relating to hearing and balance. Audiologists prescribe, fit, and dispense digital hearing aids and other amplification and hearing assistance technologies. Audiologists can perform ear or hearing-related surgical monitoring and can design and implement newborn hearing screening programs. They can assess and treat individuals, especially children, with central auditory processing disorders, Audiologists design and implement hearing conservation programs and can assess and treat individuals with tinnitus (noise in the ear, such as ringing). Almost all types of hearing loss are treatable by an audiologist. Your audiologist will identify and assess your hearing-related concerns and problems and will work with you to find an appropriate solution.
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The Oregon Clinic's team of licensed audiologists are all trained in diagnostic hearing evaluations and stay up-to-date on the latest innovations in hearing aids, such as bluetooth connectivity and digital hearing aids. Our audiologists' goals are to improve patient communication and positively affect the quality of your life.
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What A Listener Who Has A Hearing Loss Can Do To Improve Communication Ability:
- Make it a habit to watch the speaker even if listening is not difficult. It is good to get in the habit of paying attention to visual cues.
- Get closer to the speaker or sound source in both individual and group situations. Position yourself to take advantage of good lighting so that the light source is behind you, on the speaker.
- Tell people about your hearing problem. Ask them to speak slowly and clearly and to rephrase and repeat as needed.
- Don’t interrupt the speaker before he or she finishes a sentence. You may not understand the beginning, but may catch the end.
- Summarize what you did hear so that your communication partner knows what to fill in. Asking “what did you say about yesterday?” is more helpful than just asking “what?”
- Learn to look for ideas rather than isolated words. Keep alert for key words in sentences in order to follow ideas.
- Use the clues from the situation to help get meanings. The idea is often spelled out by the actual situation. You may be able to anticipate words or phrases that will probably be used.
- Don’t be afraid to guess, using situational and contextual clues. Keep informed of your friends’ interests. If you and your friends have favorite topics, this limited content makes understanding easier.
- Avoid pretending that you understood what was said. It may lead to greater confusion.
- If possible, reduce background noise when trying to have a conversation. Turn off the television or radio, roll up the car window, turn off the water when doing the dishes, or move to a quieter location. In unavoidably noisy situations, try to orient yourself in the best possible position, such as in a corner or against a wall. This may take some experimentation, as the best location will vary a great deal depending on the room acoustics.
What A Speaker Can Do To Improve Communication With A Listener Who Has A Hearing Loss:
- Get the listener’s attention by saying the listener’s name or using physical contact. Wait for a verbal response or eye contact before you start speaking.
- Face the listener directly and in close proximity. Lip movements and gestures add important information.
- Do not talk from another room or at the listener’s back.
- Speak in a normal, strong voice without shouting or exaggerating lip movements. Light should be shining on the speaker’s face rather than behind him or her.
- Speak in complete sentences rather than isolated words, providing additional information.
- Decrease background noise during conversation. Mute the television, roll up the car window, turn off the running water or fan, etc.
- If you think the listener didn’t catch what you said, be sure and ask “did you get all of that?” or “did you hear me?” This will make the listener feel more at ease about asking you to confirm what you just said.