My Voice is Loud
Working in geriatrics is challenging and rewarding in the fact that we can get people to do things they thought were insurmountable just a few days ago. What I have a hard time doing is adjusting my voice to those who do not hear so well. One minute I am shouting over the television at a gentleman and the next I have to talk in a normal conversation tone. What I often find myself doing is speaking loudly all day to everyone.
The past couple of weeks, I have been working with people who have hearing aids in working order but are in the habit of saying, "Huh?" after everything I say. I have adjusted to this by ensuring I am in front of them when I speak and looking directly at them. However, this does not always work. I have tried to adjust my voice and lean forward so I am closer to them and about half the time that works.
Now, at the end of the day my throat is sore because of the stress I place on it. I have written down instructions to some in bold black lettering on a white sheet of paper but the next day the instructions are lost and no one knows where they went. Just like a back injury due to improper lifting can cause irritation, ineffective voice modulation when speaking all day to others can cause irritation to the vocal folds and wreak havoc on my melodic voice. I wonder if worker's comp has ever thought of this one.