TIPS FOR TALKING TO THE HARD OF HEARING

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Face the hard of hearing person

directly, and on the same level with him/her, whenever possible.

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Never talk from another room. Be sure to get the person's attention before you speak.

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Speak in a normal fashion without shouting. See that the light is not shining in the eyes of the hard of hearing person.

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If you are eating, chewing, smoking, etc., while talking, your speech will be more difficult to understand.

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Reduce background noises when carrying on conversations.

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Recognize that hard of hearing people hear and understand less when they are tired or ill.

Keep your hands away from your face while talking.

If a person has difficulty understanding something, find a different way of saying the same thing rather than repeating the original words over and over.

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