Family gatherings are frustrating because my Dad’s hearing is so bad. What can I do?

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The best thing you can do is to encourage your Dad to have a hearing evaluation and start to use hearing aids consistently. Your Dad’s poor hearing affects everyone around him. You may become annoyed when you must repeat things or speak loudly. He may think that “young people today just don’t speak as clearly as they did in my day; everybody mumbles!” When he misses part of the conversation, he will feel left out, isolated and perhaps even suspicious that family members are not including him in conversation.

Good family relationships are based on good communication and better hearing will make communication easier for everyone. The combination of state-of-the-art hearing devices and effective communication strategies will make your family gatherings enjoyable again. Contact us if you would like a free booklet about communication strategies.

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