Better Communication with the Hard of Hearing

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6 Tips for Better Communication with the Hard of Hearing

Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. Here are a few easy tips that will troubleshoot your communication style and help you better meet the needs of a listener with hearing loss.

  1. Lower the pitch of your voice.
  2. Avoid abrupt changes of subject or interjecting small talk into your conversation, as the listener will likely use context to comprehend what you are saying.
  3. If you are having trouble getting your point across, find another way to say the same thing, rather than repeating the original words again and again.
  4. If the person wears a hearing aid, make sure it has batteries, the batteries work, the hearing aid is switched “ON” and that the hearing aid is clean and free of earwax.
  5. Recognize that hard of hearing people often hear and understand less well when they are tired or ill.
  6. If all else fails, keep a notepad handy and write your words.