6 things you shouldn’t do when talking to a person with hearing loss
Although hearing loss impacts many people, unfortunately many people do not know how to talk to someone with hearing loss.
Senior audiologist Gemma Twitchen said, “Hearing loss affects people of all ages and can be caused by a number of factors, including exposure to loud noises, virus or disease, ageing and it can be inherited.”
Next time you talk to someone with hearing loss, try to avoid doing any of these things.
1. Don’t cover your mouth
A lot of people who have a loss of hearing use lipreading to understand people. Lipreading is a great skill but it is pointless when a person is covering their mouth whilst talking.
2. Don’t exaggerate your facials expressions and gestures
You might think that you are being helpful by exaggerating your expressions and gestures but the chances are you will portray yourself as inauthentic and offensive.
3. Don’t shout
Shouting can come across as rude and can cause discomfort to those who use a hearing aid. Once you begin shouting it is easy to increase your volume without noticing, so be sure to assess your volume when talking.
4. Don’t assume hearing aids cure deafness
While hearing aids are helpful devices, they do not completely cure hearing loss. The environment you are in can affect a hearing aid so be attentive when talking to someone with a hearing device.
5. Get their attention before talking
Be sure to get their attention before you start talking to them. This will avoid frustration on your end and avoid embarrassing them.
6. Don’t ignore those with hearing loss in group settings
If you are in a group setting with people who have various levels of hearing, always be inclusive of those with hearing loss. The time you take to make sure they are a part of the conversation will go a long way.
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