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”.