For family and friends of people with hearing loss
A person with hearing loss may feel cut off from conversations and social
interaction. The extra effort and stress needed to take part in conversations
can be tiring for all people involved. If you live with someone who has hearing
loss, you may improve your communication by:
Making sure the person knows you are speaking to him or her.
Use his or her name.
Speaking to the person at a distance of
3 ft (0.9 m) to
6 ft (1.8 m). Make sure that
the person can see your face, mouth, and gestures. Arrange furniture and
lighting so that everyone in the conversation is completely
Not speaking directly into the person's ear. Your facial
expressions and gestures can provide helpful visual clues about what you are
Speaking slightly louder than normal. But don't shout.
Speak slowly and clearly. Don't repeat the same word over and over again. If a
particular word or phrase is misunderstood, find another way to say
Telling the person when the topic of conversation
Cutting down on background noise. Turn off the TV
or radio during conversations. Ask for quiet sections in restaurants, and try
to sit away from the door at theaters.
Including the person in
discussions and conversations. Don't talk about the person as though he or she