How to Help Someone Understand You in a Loud Environment

Have you been in a loud place like a nightclub, bar, concert or festival and someone you're talking to can't understand what you're saying? There are a few things you can do so they will.

Steps

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    Lower the tone or pitch of your voice. This doesn't mean lower the volume, it means lower the actual pitch. People with any degree of hearing loss lose the ability to hear higher pitched tones first. Lowering your voice, even when not in a loud space, will allow people to hear you better.
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    Speak louder. This seems obvious, but many people simply keep repeating themselves rather than raising the volume of their voice.
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    Speak slower and more distinctly. By not running all your words together, it will be easier to understand each word spoken.
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    Face your friend so she can see your lips moving. Many people can take indistinct speech and understand it by reading your lips.
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    Try this trick:
    • Gently press down on the Tragus of your friend's ear (the little part between the edge of his face and his ear canal. By pressing the Tragus, you can occlude or block the ear canal. This will work just like an ear plug. Speak very closely to his ear and he should be able to hear you just fine. This trick works wonders in the noisiest places and your friend will love learning the trick.

Tips

  • Help people to understanding you by speaking in a lower tone, speak slower and more articulately.
  • Practice the Tragus trick with a friend with your music turned up. It's easy and quick to learn.
  • Always remember to bring ear plugs to any loud venue to preserve your hearing and to avoid "ringing ears" after the event is over.

Warnings

  • Wear ear plugs in noisy environments.
  • Hearing loss is a progressive disease. Even with intricate surgery, it can never be fully restored.

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Categories: Speaking and Listening Skills