Managing Your Soundscapes. Sound affects almost every part of your life. That’s why some noises drive you to distraction or make you angry, while other noises lull you to sleep. Sound, and its counterpart we call silence, can have the positive effects of helping you think better, calm mental and bodily effects of stress and anxiety, alleviate physical pain and generally help you live a better life. Conversely, excessive noise is shown to contribute to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, poor mental health and more.
Taking control of what you hear and what you don’t — your soundscape — changes everything.
Healthy Conversations about Hearing Loss. If you or someone you know have experienced hearing loss, you know that our personal soundscapes influence our ability to communicate, engage in relationships, and maintain our mental health. Starting the “hearing loss” conversation with family and friends isn’t easy. That’s why so many wait far too long to address it.
Our free guides are easy to download and share. Get help starting the conversation with parents, teens, and other family members. Want to know which questions to ask your audiologist? We have a guide for that, too.
Managing Your Soundscapes for Better Mental Health
We all experience unique soundscapes in different areas of our lives. In this guide, we take a closer look at the research showing how our soundscapes can directly impact our mental — and even physical — health. We also explore sound and music therapy to lean how we can apply ideas from these innovative disciplines to our everyday soundscape management.
Why your personal soundscape matters
From improved focus to less stress, better sleep to better mental health, our personal soundscapes play a significant part in our overall wellbeing. Discover how your personal soundscape affects your everyday health, and learn how you can minimize noise and maximize positive sounds for better health and wellness.
How to talk to your parent about hearing loss
You may know that you need to have the conversation about hearing loss, but you may not know exactly how to start. To help, we created a list of specific words, phrases, and questions you can use to talk about hearing loss with your loved one.
How to talk to your teen about hearing loss
Teens need to feel confident and empowered about hearing wellness. That means being well informed and armed with confidence, so they can ignore even the most insensitive comments or prejudices. We put together a list of talking points to help you and your teen do just that.
How to talk to your family about your (own) hearing loss
Admitting we have a hearing loss shouldn’t cause embarrassment, but for many it does, and telling others that we don’t hear well can be difficult. We created a list of specific words, phrases, and questions you can use to talk about your hearing loss and help you—and your family—live better.
How to talk to someone who has hearing loss
Millions of people live with hearing loss, and it’s likely that you know someone who struggles to hear well (even if they don’t wear a hearing aid, and even if they won’t admit it). These best-practice tips help us clearly communicate and make the most of the conversation.
Questions you should ask your audiologist
Your audiologist should be knowledgeable, caring, reputable, and responsive to your needs. Our list of “interview questions,” will help you evaluate a potential audiologist (or even your current audiologist) to see if they’re a good fit.