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Special Messsages

This area has been set up as a springboard to LINKS of other areas of study and/or Special Messages around Nepean Baptist Church website.

From time to time we will add studies and messages in here we think are important for your information and spiritual growth. Pastor David Kemplay-Hill has authorised publication of these Bible Studies and Seminar Notes on this Site. Be watching for Links to new areas where these studies are located. And now we begin with our first FOUR of these studies and Links for your information.

Life Building Bible Studies

Click on the link above to go to Bible Studies and/or Seminar Notes that are important topics, and crucial for our times.


The Cross, Easter, and Christmas

Click on the link above to go to the special message for the time of year when we think about our Saviour's coming; regarding the The Cross, Easter, and Christmas.

The Pagan origins of Christmas

Click on the link above to go to another special message for the time of year when we think about our Saviour's coming; regarding the Pagan Origin of Christmas.


How To Communicate
With The Hard Of Hearing.

Can't See Your Lips
Can't Read Your Lips!

You, And The Hard Of
Hearing Person.

Communication with a hard of hearing person need not be difficult.

  • If you have normal hearing and care about your relationship with a hard of hearing person, then take the time to understand his/her problems and the limitations they bring.
  • You should remember, too, that his/her understanding of your conversation depends partly on you.

Accusations that a hard of hearing person 'hears only what he wants' are unjust.

  • He/ She must concentrate in order to pick up information,
  • and he/she tires easily.
  • Actually he/she hears 'only what he/she can'.

When he/she is tired, worried, distracted, ill, or is made to feel a nuisance, he/she is less able to hear, and understand.


Of the following points will
improve your communication and relationship
with a hard of hearing person.


  • 1. get his/her attention Before you speak,
  • say his/her name, or gently touch his/her arm.
    This helps him to focus his attention and concentrate on your words.
  • 2. face him/her
  • Don't turn or lower your head;
    this reduces the volume of sound reaching his/her ears.
  • 3. be near him/her
  • Try to be within four feet of him/her.
    Be- yond that, your voice may be faint to him/her,
    and other sounds interfere with hearing what is said.
  • 4. Don't stand in front of a window.
  • Light behind you is distracting and will
    lessen his/her ability to see and read your lips.
  • 5. Don't cover your mouth.
  • Anything in front of it not only hides
    your lips, but blurs the sounds.
  • 6. Be ready to use pencil and paper.
  • If you have an unfamiliar accent, or you
    are not being understood, try writing the message.


  • 7. Speak more slowly
    Give him/her time to assimilate what is being said.
  • 8. Speak clearly
    Don't exaggerate.
  • Over emphasis distorts lip movements.
  • 9. Speak loudly, if necessary,
    Don't shout.
  • Shouting distorts sounds
    and is painful to the wearer of a hearing aid.


  • 10.Get to the point
  • Like a good news story, explain first what who, when, where and how.
  • He/She must know what you are talking about.
    This will prevent him from misinterpreting your remarks.
  • 11. Use your face, hands and body
    Express your feeling about what you are saying.
  • For example, a question will not be mistaken for a statement if you have an enquiring look on your face.
  • 12. Re-phrase your sentence,
    Don't repeat the same words if you are not being understood.


13. Background noises are confusing
for the hard of hearing.

  • Traffic, television, radio and other people talking,
    make it difficult for him to hear.
  • Under these conditions, make a special effort to speak clearly, and audibly.
  • At parties, or meetings, include him/her in ongoing conversations.
  • In some situations, it may be necessary to move him/her to a quieter area of the room.

14. A hearing aid doesn't make a
person's hearing normal

  • It makes sounds louder, but not always clearer.
  • It is difficult to separate speech
    from unwanted sounds
    , so be patient.

Impatience with his/her listening behaviour will not help;
it will only make him/her tense up, and understand less.

  • The more relaxed and accepted
    he/she feels, the more he/she can concentrate,
    and the better you can communicate with him/her.


The above points can help the hard of hearing persons to keep their
rightful place in the mainstream of life.
Communication is more than just an exchange of words:
it involves two people sharing and learning from each other.

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