People Talking
  • Don't shout. Speak normally, but slower and more clearly.
  • Get the person's attention before speaking.
  • Whenever possible, make sure the person has a clear view of your face.
  • Reduce background noise when you can (i.e. by turning off the television, moving away from the dishwasher or washing machine, etc.)
  • If the person does not understand the first time, try rephrasing rather than repeating.
  • Don't shout from another room or speak with your back turned. Face-to-face communication is best.
  • Be patient. People with hearing loss likely aren't trying to ignore you. They just have more difficulty hearing and understanding what you are saying.
  • Use full, simple sentences when communicating.
  • Encourage use of hearing aids or assistive listening devices if the person has any.
  • Try to engage the person in communication and social activities as much as possible to help improve their quality of life and help prevent the person from feeling isolated.