Tips for Communicating with People with Hearing Loss

Communication is complex. It’s estimated that only 7% of communication is the words we used. 38% is based on the tone used. Body language contributes 55% to communication, which includes gestures and visual cues and gestures.

To communicate successfully, it requires the participation of everyone involved in the conversation. People with a hearing impairment may use hearing aids to help their communication. Even with hearing aid devices, it’s important to practice good communication strategies.

Communication Tips for People with Hearing Loss

We’ve put together these communication tips for people with hearing loss to help keep the conversation flowing.

Communication Basics

Good communication has some basic requirements. Start by making sure you have the other person’s attention by saying their name or gently touching their arm. Be sure to limit distractions and potential interruptions so that you can focus and be patient and willing to make simple adjustments where possible.

Communicating in Person

For optimal in-person communication, remember the following: positioning, facing the person, and gestures.

Positioning. If your hearing is one-sided, try to always have your better side towards the conversation. Also try to find quiet and well lit spots where background noise is at a minimum, and you will be able to lip-read easily.

Lip-reading can provide you with extra information that will help you understand what is being said. Perhaps mention to those you are communicating with that you rely upon being able to follow their mouth as they speak. You could explain that it helps if you can see their face as they speak and ask them to refrain from eating or drinking whilst talking.

Expressive gestures. Watch for nonverbal cues such as hand gestures and facial expressions. They are indicators of context and also an insight into what the person really thinks and feels. Remember to try to use these gestures when you speak.

Communicating Over the Phone

The most commonly used piece of communication technology is the telephone. However, if you have a hearing loss it may not feel that easy. Try a captioned phone, and you will never miss a word again. These useful devices will provide you with captions of what is being said, so you can read along as you chat.

Also bear in mind your telephone technique, speak clearly and directly into the mouthpiece and try to limit background noise during the conversation.

Remember, good communication requires the involvement of all parties. Don’t be afraid to let people know that you have a hearing impairment.

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Hearing aid devices can also help optimize your communication abilities. If you’d like to try state-of-the-art hearing aid devices, the hearing specialists at Anderson Audiology can help. To book an appointment, call us on 702-997-2964. Alternatively, click here to request an appointment online.

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