COMMUNICATING WITH THE HEARING IMPAIRED

Regardless of how old you are or what you do, you are likely to meet someone who suffers from hearing loss.  To facilitate conversation, it is important not to begin speaking until you have the attention of the person with whom you wish to converse.  Once you have engaged the other person’s eyes, make sure not to turn away or cover your mouth, because hearing-impaired individuals rely on facial expressions and lip reading to communicate.

Hearing loss can affect anyone and has a profound effect on our ability to communicate with the people around us.  Many modern hearing aids are extremely effective and if fitted well by an experienced audiologist, can make a real difference.