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Ideas To Improve Communication With Someone With Hearing Loss



Many times we find ourselves in a situation when someone we are speaking to can't clearly understand what we are saying. The room or area we are in may be noisy like a restaurant, on an airplane or it may be in a quiet room.  When this happens, the person we are speaking to may have varying levels of hearing loss and we may feel panicked about how best to communicate with them without offending them. This can be challenging so we've gathered some ideas of how to better communicate with someone with hearing loss. We hope it's helpful.

  • Don't SHOUT! - instead speak as clearly as possible maintaining your natural voice.
  • Make sure you have the person's full attention.
  • Look at the person when you speak and maintain eye contact.
  • Don't cover your mouth.
  • Don't repeat what you said, instead rephrase what you said.
  • Move to an area with less background noise and good lighting.
  • Don't speak to the person like they are a child. Respect is important.
  • Don't apologize to others for someone who can't hear well, or talk about them 'behind their back.'  They can usually hear, just not always as clearly as they'd like to.
  • Don't give up. Interpersonal relationships are important to everyone.

For business communication with someone who has hearing loss:
  • Email and texting are very efficient for important messages.
  • Don't expect a colleague to hear you clearly over a cell phone. Many times the connection is not clear.
  • Schedule meetings with as few people as possible to avoid competing voices and remember to speak one at a time.
  • Use all of the above suggestions for speaking face to face.



A New Resolution




With each new year, many of us will make New Year’s Resolutions. Some may resolve

to lose weight or to eat better. Some resolve to be kinder or to visit Grandma more.

Whatever your resolution is, we’re sure it’s a good one.


We’re well into the new year now. How are you doing with your resolutions? Are you

succeeding? We certainly hope so! We would like to suggest another resolution: To

take better care of your hearing.


Hearing is a very important part of our daily lives – one that often gets taken for

granted. You never know how much you appreciate and need it until you start to lose

it or it’s gone.



For this new year, we hope you will consider a resolution to take better care of your

hearing health. Here are a few tips to start:

1. Visit our office for a hearing test once a year.

2. Use ear protection when loud noises are present.

3. When listening to music with headphones, earbuds or speakers, turn it down.

4. Be aware of noises that are ‘too loud’ or last ‘too long’ and avoid them.

5. Take breaks when you are exposed to noise.

6. Don’t clean you ear canal with cotton swabs.

7. Don’t smoke. Smoking increases your risk of hearing loss.

8. Eat a healthy diet and keep your blood pressure under control.

9. Check medications for hearing risks.

10. Educate yourself on the signs of hearing loss.


We wish you the best of luck with your new resolutions and look forward to seeing

you in one of our offices soon!



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