Tips for talking to the hard of hearing

Face the hard of hearing person directly, and be at the same eye level whenever possible.
Don't shout - speak normally.

Keep your hands away from your face. Give him/her every chance to see all of your face.


Reduce background noise - turn off the radio or television.

Be sure that light is not shining in his or her eyes.


If you're not making yourself understood, find a different way of saying the same thing.

Be aware that he/she may have difficulty understanding speech even with a hearing aid.


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