Keep up with conversation

Even if you know what topic is being discussed, it can be a challenge to keep up with conversation. You can ask people to repeat things over and over again, but that can be frustrating for both you and them. However, there are other ways to stay on track.

For example, you can:

  • Ask the person to repeat what they said using other words
  • Let the person know which bits you did get and which you did not
  • Check that you have understood by repeating their points
  • Watch the person’s body language, face and gestures to help you

In this video, a group talks about how to order food at McDonald's via the intercom system after hours. You will be surprised how many good ideas they have in a very short time.

Anne is a former president of Hearing Loss Association of America. She has had a hearing loss for 30 years and has found her own way to cope in daily life. She has different ways to ask people to repeat information. This has helped her feel better about saying that she has not understood.