Advice to facilitate communication

November 15, 2011

Advice to facilitate communication

Some may consider that hearing impairment leads to difficulties that only affect those with hearing problems and that they should face them alone. In reality, when a family member has a hearing problem, it’s the whole family’s communication that is affected. Deafness touches everyone who is a part of the conversation.

Here are useful tricks to facilitate communication

Advice for family and friends

  • I get the person’s attention before beginning to speak (I call their name, touch, etc.).
  • I get closer and face them to facilitate lip-reading.
  • I speak slowly and clearly without exaggeration.
  • I don’t yell.
  • I reformulate words that aren’t understood.
  • I reduce the noise level in the environment (television, radio, etc.).
  • I make natural gestures.
  • I specify the topic of the conversation and mention when it has changed.
  • I ask questions.

Advice for the hearing impaired person

  • I wear my hearing aids.
  • I express when I don’t understand.
  • I watch the person who is talking to me.
  • I face the person who is talking to me.
  • I reduce the noise level in the environment (television, radio, etc.).
  • I ask to know the topic of the conversation.
  • I ask others to speak slowly.
  • I ask questions.