Action on Hearing Loss is trying to raise awareness on how hearing people, can help those with hearing loss:
Senior audiologist at Action on Hearing Loss, Gemma Twitchen has said: “Hearing Loss affects people of all ages and can be caused by a number of factors, including exposure to loud noises, virus or disease, aging and it can be inherited. Small changes in our lives can make a big impact on people with hearing loss”.
Action on Hearing is offering these helpful tips, hearing people can use:
• Even if someone is wearing hearing aids it doesn’t mean they can hear you perfectly. Ask if they need to lipread.
• Speak clearly but not too slowly, and don’t exaggerate your lip movements – this can make it harder to lipread.
• Don’t shout. It can be uncomfortable for hearing aid users and it looks aggressive.
• If someone doesn’t understand what you’ve said, don’t keep repeating it. Try saying it in a different way instead.
• Check that the person you’re talking to is following you during the conversation. Use plain language and don’t waffle. Avoid jargon and unfamiliar abbreviations.
• To make it easy to lipread, don’t cover your mouth with your hands or clothing.
• If you’re going on a date at a restaurant, think about a suitable place to talk, with good lighting and away from loud speakers and distractions.
• Get the listener’s attention before you start speaking, maybe by waving or tapping them lightly on the arm.
• Use natural facial expressions and gestures.
• Make sure you have face-to-face contact with the person you are talking to.
• If someone is working with an ASL interpreter, always remember to talk directly to the person you are communicating with, not the interpreter.(The interperter will not be offended).
• If you’re talking to a group that includes deaf and hearing people, don’t just focus on the hearing people.
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