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How Body Language Can Help You Communicate

We're always trying to help our patients find ways to communicate more effectively when dealing with hearing loss. Here's how body language can help you!

At Soundwave Hearing Care we’re always trying to think of ways to help our patients cope with hearing loss by finding strategies to communicate more effectively.

Audiologist prescribed hearing aids from our Calgary clinic will go a long way toward restoring your hearing but using a hearing device isn’t the same as having your natural hearing. With hearing aids you’ll still have to develop coping strategies to effectively engage with the Calgary community.

One way that many people augment their social awareness when experiencing hearing loss is paying closer attention to non-verbal forms of communication, more commonly known as “body language”.

What do we mean by “body language”?

To engage in society and gain information from others, most people typically rely on verbal language to get the job done, in other words, we speak to one another. That isn’t, however the only way we communicate. We also let other people know information through the way we use our face, hands, posture, and other gestures and body positions. Some of these significant acts are pretty standard. Smiling, for instance, is a pretty common non-verbal way of communicating that whoever is smiling is enjoying whatever just happened.

Although smiling is a pretty widely accepted form of non-verbal communication, there are many others. If you’ve known someone for a very long time, you’ve probably become sensitive to even minor changes in their behaviour and can interpret them pretty accurately. Your husband or wife may stoop a little more in their posture when they’re anxious, or have a habit of moving their hands a certain way when they’re excited. These are all forms of non-verbal communication that can help us understand one another.

How can I use body language to help me communicate?

If you’re losing your hearing and verbal communication has become less useful to you, you’ll have to develop new techniques for getting information from other people. Obviously, body language won’t be of much use if you’re trying to give directions to the post office. It can, however, greatly help you navigate subtle, emotional social situations. Here are just a few tips for developing your body-language reading skills:

  • Be mindful of other people’s body language. Reading body language is often something we do unconsciously. By forcing yourself to pay attention to this form of communication you’ll be able to read other people better.
  • Let people know that you need to see them clearly when you speak. Other people often don’t realize how often they cover their mouths or otherwise make it hard to see their movements. Let people know that you need to see them clearly to effectively communicate.
  • Stick to well-lit social settings. You can’t read people’s body language if you’re in a dimly lit room.

If you need an audiologist or advice about hearing aids in the Calgary area, contact us at Soundwave Hearing Care today. We’re committed to helping our patients develop hearing strategies that improve their lives.

All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.