Effective Listening Skills with Hearing Loss


Better Hearing Month is a wonderful reminder to hone in on effective listening skills.  Hearing impaired or not, everyone can improve their listening abilities.  Genuine listening provides better opportunities for clear communication, problem solving, relationship building, and proper understanding.  Here are 5 tips to develop effective listening skills:


  1. Face your conversation partner or the speaker, and maintain eye contact.

  2. Be attentive and focused, not distracted or distracting.

  3. Reduce any background noise to allow better hearing of the speaker.

  4. Pay attention to nonverbal cues, and have adequate lighting to see these.

  5. Ask questions to ensure understanding.


Often we are so quick to speak, we forget what it takes to be a good listener.  These tips can help facilitate meaningful conversations you’ll actually remember.










The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin specializes in hearing  related disorders including tinnitus and hearing loss, neurophysiological disorders as well as dizziness/balance disorders.  Currently accepting new adult and pediatric audiology patients. The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin is the hearing and balance division of Great Hills ENT and serves the greater Austin area including the Arboretum, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, hearing aids, tinnitus, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders