By Lauren Watral, MSW Geriatric Care Manager

Maybe you’re not being heard. Fully one third of adults over 65 and about half of those over 85 have significant hearing loss.

You can improve your odds of getting your message across by delivering it face-to-face, rather than across the room or from the next room. You don’t have to shout (it’s kind of insulting, when you think about it, and actually makes enunciation harder to understand). What helps more: Turn off the TV or radio to eliminate background noise –- even the low hum of the dishwasher or a leaf blower outside can muffle your words.