Living well with hearing loss requires knowledge, practice and a healthy attitude. When these elements come together, we can take on any difficult listening situation confident we have the necessary skills to meet the challenge. In my latest article for Hearing Tracker, I describe how my yoga practice helps me develop the mindset to not only live with hearing loss, but to thrive. An excerpt from the article is below. To read the full post click here.
Tree Pose Helps Me Live Well with Hearing Loss
Tree pose requires both stability and ease, concentration and comfort, strength and flexibility. It is a posture of opposites that when skillfully combined, create balance. It teaches us to build a strong and stable foundation upon which we can grow. These are the same skills I use to manage living with a hearing loss every day, but especially during a pandemic.
Communication with hearing loss is always challenging. Even with perfectly calibrated hearing devices, background noise, low talkers and bad sightlines can make conversation hard. Face masks, while critical for health and safety, add to the difficulties, since they eliminate our hearing loss superpower — speechreading.
Rather than retreat discouraged, we must find the right balance of strength and ease to take on these new challenges.
Strength From Knowledge and Practice
Reflect on the communicate best practices you already know – As people with hearing loss, we use many best practice communication tips and tricks each and every day. We ask our conversation partners to speak clearly and at a normal pace. We ask them to face us and keep their mouths visible so we can utilize body language and lip movements to help us fill in the blanks that we miss. Review the strategies you already know and redouble your efforts to implement them when needed.
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