It may be hard for a person with hearing loss to understand a conversation with another person. Being in a group conversation can be even harder. The person with hearing loss can feel isolated or cut off.
If you live or work with someone who does not hear well, follow the tips below to better communicate.
Make sure the person with hearing loss can see your face.
Find a good environment for the conversation.
Make an extra effort to include the person in a conversation with others.
Say your words slowly and clearly.
Dugan MB. Living with Hearing Loss. Washington DC: Gallaudet University Press; 2003.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Quick guide to health literacy and older adults: Hearing impairment. Health.gov website. www.health.gov/communication/literacy/olderadults/hearing.htm. Accessed July 5, 2017.BACK TO TOP
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