Great Tips from Healthy Hearing – Hard of hearing communication tips –
Here are some do’s and don’ts you can keep in mind to help facilitate better conversations and include someone with hearing loss:
~ Make sure you don’t cover your mouth. Don’t talk through a yawn or while chewing gum. (For deaf and hard of hearing people who use American Sign Language and lip reading, this is especially important.)
~ Don’t speak from another room or when your back is turned to the person. Don’t shout in any situation.
~ Sit or stand close to the person with hearing loss, but not so close that he or she can’t easily switch focus between maintaining eye contact and speech reading.
~ If the person with hearing loss hears better in one ear, take note of that and try to speak more toward their right or left side.
~ Before starting a conversation, say the person’s name so you can get his or her attention. Wave or gently tap them if they don’t hear you.
~ When giving specific information, like an address or time for a meeting, write the important information down or ask the person to repeat the specifics to you so you can make sure they got them right.
~ Pay attention to the listener’s cues. People with hearing loss sometimes feel embarrassed or get tired of asking others to repeat themselves or clarify. If the person looks a bit puzzled, find a tactful way to ask if he or she understood you.
~ In group settings, make sure to avoid speaking over each other.
~ Don’t talk about a person with hearing loss as if she or he isn’t there. Instead, talk directly to that person and do your best to use the above and below tactics.
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Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
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