Audiology Hearing Aids Speech Pathology
Serving Orange County, California, since 1993

Certified Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Good Communicating Strategies

Michele Wilson, Ph.D.
Irvine Office Location
Why a certified audiologist
Hearing Loss
Understanding hearing loss
Dangers of hearing loss
Hearing evaluation
Hearing Aids
Hearing aid technologies
Hearing aid tune-up & repair
Realistic expectations
Ear Plugs & Ear Buds
Protective ear plugs
Custom musicians ear plugs
Industrial & shooters plugs
Swimmers ear plugs
Custom-molds for ear buds
Living with Hearing Loss
Better listening & speaking
Communication strategies
Talking to hearing impaired
Speech Pathology
Speech, language & voice
Head trauma recovery
Stroke recovery
Myofunctional disorder
Other neurological disorders

Michele Wilson, Ph.D., educating patients in her Irvine office.

  1. Make it a habit to watch the speaker even if listening is not difficult. It is good to get in the habit of paying attention.
  2. Don't interrupt the speaker before he or she finishes a sentence. You may not understand the beginning, but may catch the end.
  3. When you are aware that you missed something that was said, ask that it be repeated.
  4. Summarize what you did hear so that your communication partner knows what to fill in.
  5. Learn about the topic being discussed. When you know what a person is talking about, it is easier to follow the conversation.
  6. Learn to look for ideas rather than isolated words.
  7. Keep alert for key words in sentences in order to follow ideas.
  8. Use the clues from the situation to help get meanings. The idea is often spelled out by the actual situation. You may be able to anticipate words or phrases that will probably be used.
  9. Don't be afraid to guess, using situational and contextual clues.
  10. Keep informed of your friends' interests. If you and your friends have favorite topics, this limited content makes understanding easier.
  11. Stay aware of current events. When you know something about a topic, you can more readily recognize key words, names, and so forth. It will be helpful to read the daily newspaper and to be aware of the programs many people may watch, even if you don't watch TV.
  12. Ask family members to keep you informed about things that are happening in your community and neighborhood and about events in the lives of people you know.
  13. Keep your sense of humor.

Audiology Hearing Aids Speech Pathology
Certified Member of American-Speech-Hearing Association

4000 Barranca, Suite 250 (at Culver), Irvine, California 92604
Phone: (949) 510-6292
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