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Communication Tips for the Family

If you suspect the person you are speaking with has a hearing loss, the following tips may enhance communication:

  • Sit or stand within three to six feet to maximize audibility
  • Remain at eye level to foster visual cues
  • Gain the person's attention before speaking
  • Use facial expressions and gestures to give clues to the meaning of your message
  • Raise your voice but do not shout because loud speech may sound distorted
  • Speak slowly and distinctly
  • Use short, simple sentences
  • Rephrase your words if the person does not appear to understand or responds inappropriately
  • Avoid speaking directly into the person's ear because it can distort your message and hide all visual clues
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