Communication Tips

If you suspect that the person you are speaking with has hearing loss, the following tips can help make understanding better and conversations easier on everyone.

  • Reduce background noise, turn off the TV or Radio
  • Gain the person’s attention before speaking
  • Sit or stand within 3-6 feet from the person to maximize hearing
  • Converse at eye level, this maximizes their ability to use visual cues
  • Use facial expressions and gestures to give visual clues about your message
  • Speak slowly and distinctly, note that raising your voice tends to distort sound and will sound like you are shouting
  • Before conversing, provide information on the topic you will be discussing
  • Use short sentences. Rephrase if the person does not appear to understand
  • Avoid speaking into a person’s ear because this distorts speech and hides visual cues