If you have any hearing problems, try these tips to communicate with hearing people:
- Be open. Tell the person you’re speaking to that you lipread, before you start a conversation.
- Ask people to get your attention before they start talking to you.
- Don’t stand too far away from the person who’s speaking to you.
- Try to keep calm and don’t panic. If you become anxious or flustered, it might be harder for you to follow what’s being said.
- If your hearing isn’t the same in both ears, try turning your better side towards the person speaking to you.
- If you don’t catch what someone says, don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat it or say it in a different way.
- If necessary, ask people to slow down and speak more clearly.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. No one hears everything all the time.
- Make sure you can see the speaker’s face and lips. Their gestures and facial expressions will help you understand what they’re saying.
- Remember that communication goes both ways, so the hearing person has a responsibility to communicate with you as effectively as possible.
To learn more about hearing loss and treatments, call Sandia Hearing Center today at 719-634-6260.