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  • Lets Review Some Helpful Basic Communication Tips
    15 Jan , 2016






    There are some basic simple things you can do to be better understood. Communication is however a two-way street. Here are tips for the person who hears well, and for the person who has some form of hearing loss:

    Tips for the Hearing Person, to Best Communicate with the Person who has a Hearing Loss:

     Set Your Stage.

    • Face the person directly.
    • Spotlight your face, be sure your face is seen well (no backlighting).
    • Avoid noisy backgrounds.
    • Get the other person’s attention before speaking.
    • Question, how you can facilitate communication best.
    • When audio and acoustics are poor, emphasize visual cues. 

    Get the Point Across.

    • Don’t shout.
    • Speak clearly, at a moderate pace, not over-emphasizing words.
    • Don’t hide your mouth, chew food, gum, or smoke while speaking.
    • Re-phrase if you are not understood. Choose a different word.
    • Use facial expressions and gestures.
    • Give clues when changing subjects or say directly… “new subject.”

    Establish Empathy With Your Audience.

    • Be patient if the response seems slow.
    • Talk directly to the hard of hearing person, not about him or her to another person.
    • Show respect to help build confidence and have a constructive conversation.
    • Maintain a sense of humor, stay positive and relaxed.
    Tips for the Person with Hearing Loss to Best Communicate with Hearing People:

     Set Your Stage.

    • Tell others how best to talk to you.
    • Pick your best spot, (light, quiet area, close to the speaker).
    • Anticipate difficult situations, plan how to minimize and deal with them in advance.

    Do Your Part.

    • Pay close attention.
    • Concentrate on the speaker. Try not to be distracted and look away from them.
    • Look for visual clues.
    • Ask for written cues if you need them.
    • Don’t often interrupt. Let conversations flow to fill in the blanks and gain more meaning.
    • Maintain a sense of humor, stay positive and relaxed.

    Establish Empathy With Your Audience.

    • React. Let the speaker know how well he or she is conveying the information. Be somewhat animated.
    • Don’t bluff. Admit it when you don’t understand. Let the speaker know and give them an opportunity to rephrase.
    • If too tired to fully concentrate, ask for a discussion at another time and place.
    • Thank the speaker for trying.