A: Advocate: A person with hearing loss needs to acknowledge they are having concerns, and bring awareness to family and friends regarding their struggles and help communicate with them. Asking people to look at them while they talk, removing other sounds that might be distracting, and getting their attention first.
L: Listen: People with hearing loss and family both need to listen to each other, listen to what the frustrations are, listen to the needs of both sides and find a solution that meets everyone’s needs.
T: Time. People with hearing loss might need a little extra time to process speech, need time to think about improving their hearing, time to consider their options.
If all the “ingredients” are put together and the person has enough support and time to make the decision to improve their communication and quality of life, then it’s time to add the “icing”.
Great blog Amy. You are great at explaining things in a way that makes everything seem “like a piece of cake”!
This blog was a great example of that.
Yes, she sure is.
Very clever analogy. It is very disappointing to see people who were not ready and just give up on their hearing. But the ones who are ready, it is very sweet to see them succeed and watch their reactions. It’s a very rewarding experience for us all.
Yes, it is very rewarding Mary!
Great comparison, Amy! And very easy to understand.
Great blog Amy! Love the use of the word “SALT” which is not good for people with Meniere’s but great analolgy for people dealing with hearing loss.
I thought so too!
Honestly, I think this is the best blog that has been posted to date. Outstanding job Amy.
Yes, it sure was!
I LOVE THE ANALOGY!! And I am using the SALT in counseling!! Great blog Amy!!