Communication Tips

Successful communication with a person who is hard of hearing requires work on both parts. If you are speaking with somebody who has a hearing loss, the following tips can help your conversation flow smoothly.

  • Sit or stand within three to six feet of one another.
  • Remain at eye level to take advantage of visual cues.
  • Gain the person’s attention before speaking.
  • Facial expressions and gestures provide clues to the meaning of your message.
  • Raise your voice but don’t shout, since loud speech often sounds 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; this can distort your message and hide important visual clues.