Communication Tips For The Family

mother with son and daughterIf you sus­pect or know that the per­son you are speak­ing with has a hear­ing loss, please con­sid­er the fol­low­ing tips to enhance com­mu­ni­ca­tion:

  • Sit or stand with­in three to six feet to max­i­mize audi­bil­i­ty
  • Remain at eye lev­el to fos­ter visu­al cues
  • Gain the person’s atten­tion before speak­ing
  • Use facial expres­sions and ges­tures to give clues to the mean­ing of your mes­sage
  • Raise your voice but do not shout because loud speech may sound dis­tort­ed
  • Speak slow­ly and dis­tinct­ly
  • Use short, sim­ple sen­tences
  • Rephrase your words if the per­son does not appear to under­stand or responds inap­pro­pri­ate­ly
  • Avoid speak­ing direct­ly into the person’s ear because it can dis­tort your mes­sage and hide all visu­al clues

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