Communication Guidelines

Hearing Impaired Communication Guidelines





Rules for the Hearing Impaired Person

    Acknowledge that you have hearing loss.
    Choose an area that is well lit and quiet to talk with people.
    Tell others how to best talk to you.
    Pay attention to the speaker.
    Look at the speaker using visual clues to help you understand what is being said.
    If necessary, ask for written cluese for key words.
    Let people know whether or not you understand the conversation.
    Don't bluff. When you don't understand the conversation.
    Arrange for frequent breaks is discussions or meetings are long.
    Anticipate difficult situations and plan how to minimize the problem.
    Try not to interrupt too often.
    Be realistic about what you can expexct to undrerstand.

Rules for the Speaker

    Get the hearing impaired person's attention before you speak.
    Keep your face visible.
    Keep objects such as gum, cigarettes and food out of your mouth.
    Speak clearly and at a moderate rate. Shouting and exagerating only distorts the speech, making it more difficult for the hearing impaired person to understand conversation.
    Use facial expression and gestures
    Give clues when changing the subject.
    Rephrase a statement or question when a hearing impaired person does not understand after saying it two times.
    Avoid noisy situations.
    Do not speak directly into a person's ear.
    When a hearing impaired person is in the room, talk to the person. Don't talk about him.
    When in doubt, ask the hearing impaired person for suggestions to improve communications.
    Be patient, positive and relaxed.

Contact Us

American Hearing Center - Temple
1618 Canyon Creek Drive Ste 140
Temple, TX 76502

American Hearing Center - Killeen
2806 S WS Young Dr Ste C
Killeen, TX 76542

Toll free: 1.800.234.4621
Fax: 254.771.1256

Open: M-F, 8-5

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Inspirational Wisdom

"Blindness isolates us from things, but deafness isolates us from people." ~ Helen Keller

"But people who think they can project themselves into deafness are mistaken because you can't. And I'm not talking about imagining what a deaf person's whole life is like I even mean just realizing what it is like for an instant." ~ Richard Masur