Last week I wrote a blog about FEMALE VOICES, so this week I am going to talk about children’s voices. Children have a tendency to speak more quietly and softly than adults. They love to whisper. When they want to tell you a secret they put they hands around their mouth and tell you something, usually silly, in your ear. This is cute to watch. When you see a child whisper to another child, they are learning to bond. They are saying with a whisper, “I trust you”.
I just love seeing children whispering because bonding is a special part of maturing and social development. I know we have heard reports of America falling behind other countries academically, but I believe what makes our country strong is teaching our children social interaction and storytelling.. Children in schools today have little to no time to bond throughout the school day because teachers are required to cover so much academic material to prepare them for the state and federally mandated tests. I remember observing my youngest daughter during lunch time with her classmates. It is almost impossible to hear yourself think yet alone talk to your friend. But who has time to really eat and talk in 15-20 minutes before you have to rush back to classroom?
Here is my problem. Now that I have gone deaf, even with my hearing aids I can no longer hear my daughters whispering. My high power ReSound Alera hearing aids are great, but it’s just not possible to pick up those quiet voices. I have heard the newer version of the ReSound Verso might be better, but then I would miss out on the tinnitus program, which is important for my health. I really miss those whispers. It’s sad.
Here are some alternative things to try in your house if you have whisper issues like me:
1. Write the whisper down on paper. At World Market they have secret decoder pens you can buy that write in invisible ink that can be revealed by a special highlighter. Cool item to have.
2. I know it is not the same but use text messages or even video messages. Technology is awesome today.
3. Ask the person to stand directly across from you so that you can read his or her lips (best option) while they whisper. Remember non-verbal communication is just as important as verbal.
Okay, I put down a few ideas. Can you think of more?
My name is Jeff Swartz and I live in Atlanta, GA. I am married to wonderful wife and have two teenaged daughter.