Communication Tips

Communication Tips for Individuals with Hearing Loss

  • Always watch the speaker.
  • Don't interrupt. You want to listen to everything he or she says.
  • If you don't hear everything, ask to have it repeated.
  • Summarize what you did hear so the speaker can fill in the rest.
  • Familiarize yourself with topics at meetings and current events, so it is easier to follow conversations.
  • Try to pick out the idea instead of the individual words.
  • Listen for key words and phrases.
  • Use the setting or context to help you get the meaning.
  • Don't be afraid to guess, using the context and situation as clues.
  • Keep you sense of humor.

Tips for Communicating with Individuals with Hearing Loss

  • Speak in a normal tone of voice. Do not shout; shouting distorts the sound of your voice.
  • Speak clearly and slowly. Don't leave off word endings or mumble, and don't over articulate your words.
  • Stress key words and pause between statements.
  • Use natural gestures and facial expressions. Avoid moving around while you talk.
  • Speak at a distance between three and six feet away from the person.
  • Stand in a well-lit area facing the person.
  • Get the individual's attention and face him or her before you start to speak.
  • Reduce background noise.
  • Ask the individual what will help to make conversations easier.
  • Do not cover your mouth or chew while you speak.
  • Introduce the topic of conversation
 
 
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