Chatting to friends and family members overseas or interstate via Zoom or Skype can be a very challenging experience if you suffer from hearing loss.
Here are some ways you can make video chat a more pleasant experience:
People who suffer from hearing loss tend to read lips to help them understand what is being said.
This is no different when talking on a video call.
You may ask the person you are conversing with to clearly face the camera so that you can read his or her lips.
Ensure that both you and the person you are talking to are in a quiet place and there is no background noise so that you can hear what they are saying.
· Closed Captioning
Take advantage of the closed captioning feature many video chat platforms provide.
· Hearing Aids
Hearing aids will make sounds louder and clearer for you so that you can hear the person you are talking to.
Hearing aids can assist you when chatting to friends and family both over video chat and in person.
1. Buy hearing aids privately (this can be costly);
2. Receive free pensioner hearing aids if you are a pensioner; or
3. Be entitled to WorkSafe hearing aids (paid for by WorkSafe) if you worked in a noisy environment (you may also be entitled to compensation for noise induced hearing loss).
We can help you receive hearing aids privately, free hearing aids as a pensioner or lodge a claim for you to receive WorkSafe hearing aids.
Please contact us on 03 8650 8500 for a free discussion regarding hearing aids.