It may be hard for a person with hearing loss to understand a conversation with one other person. Being in a group conversation can be even harder. The person with hearing loss can feel isolated or cut off.
If you live or work with someone who does not hear well, follow the tips below to better communicate.
Make sure the person with hearing loss can see your face.
Find a good environment for the conversation.
Make an extra effort to include the person in a conversation with others.
Say your words slowly and clearly.
Dugan MB. Living with Hearing Loss. Washington DC: Gallaudet University Press; 2003.
Updated by: Ashutosh Kacker, MD, BS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Associate Attending Otolaryngologist, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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