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.