Communicating in the car can be super frustrating, especially if you have difficulty hearing! But worry not, now that you’re experts at communicating at home, you’ll become one in the car too. With the listener, speaker, environmental, and technology tips we share below, you’ll be communicating effectively in no time!
Active listening: You learned to use that at home, and it can be done in the car too! Pay close attention to what your communication partner is saying, and try to anticipate what might be said based on the surroundings and past conversations. If you’ve missed something, repeat back what you think you heard instead of blurting out the lazy “W” word (What?). If possible, look toward your communication partner when he/she is speaking.
Practice: Next time you’re in the car, try playing the “what game” again. Instead of asking “what?” or “pardon me?”, switch your strategy. Here are a couple of good options:
1. Repeat back what you think you heard: “Did you say we are almost there?”
2. Ask your communication partner to REPHRASE what he/she said rather than repeat the same thing over again.
Communicating in the Car: Practice
Since you’ve gotten the basics of communication strategies from our first communication strategy blog post, the best way to improve your method of communicating in the car is to practice, practice, practice! See below for a few different strategies you can employ to improve how you communicate and listen!
Communicating in the Car: Tips, tips, tips!!
Trying to communicate in the car can be very frustrating for both the speaker and the listener. It’s important for the speaker to make sure his/her face is clearly visible to the listener. If the speaker is a passenger, he/she should look directly at the listener when talking. If the speaker is the driver, he or she should angle their face slightly toward the listener rather than toward the driver’s side window. It’s critical that the speaker gets the attention of the listener before he/she begins talking. It’s also helpful for the speaker to raise his or her voice slightly to be heard clearly above the engine noise.
Most hearing aids sold today are equipped with wireless technology. This allows the two hearing aids to “talk” to each other, and also to be connected to other compatible devices. One such device is a companion microphone. This is a small wireless microphone that transmits sound directly to the hearing aids, sometimes through a receiving device. The speaker simply clips the microphone onto a shirt collar, and the listener hears the speaker’s voice over all other noises.
Hearing Aid Tips:
Now that you’re an expert in communicating in the car, you can feel confident going out on errands with friends and family. As always, be kind with yourself and patient. Getting used to hearing aids takes time and practice — you’ve got this! If you have any questions about your hearing aids or want to make an appointment, we’re here for you. We look forward to guiding you through your hearing health journey.