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The Cross, Easter, and Christmas
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How To Communicate
Hard Of Hearing.
Can't Read Your Lips!
You, And The Hard Of
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.
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,
Of the following points will
improve your communication and relationship
with a hard of hearing person.
WHAT YOU DO:
- 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
2. face him/her
Don't turn or lower your head;
reduces the volume of sound reaching
3. be near him/her
Try to be within four feet of him/her.
yond that, your voice may be faint to
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
HOW YOU SPEAK:
- 7. Speak more slowly
Give him/her time to assimilate what is
8. Speak clearly
- Over emphasis distorts
9. Speak loudly, if necessary,
- Shouting distorts sounds
and is painful to the wearer of a hearing
HOW YOU SAY IT:
- 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.
will prevent him from misinterpreting
11. Use your face, hands and body
Express your feeling about what you are
- 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
make it difficult for him to hear.
- Under these conditions, make a special effort to speak clearly, and audibly.
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
- 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
and the better you can
communicate with him/her.
The above points can help the hard of
hearing persons to keep their
in the mainstream of life.
is more than just an exchange of words:
it involves two people sharing and
learning from each other.
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