Simple Ways To Help Someone With Hearing Loss
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Simple Ways to Help Someone With Hearing Loss

Here are some simple tips for you to follow when socializing with people with hearing loss:

Group conversations

People with hearing loss have a hard time following group conversations. Additionally; a person not able to follow conversations due to hearing loss; often hides the fact that they are able to hear everything that is being said. They usually node, smile or even laugh at the visual clues to maintain the illusion.

What to look for

It is possible to pick up on the clues to this from the timing of their responses; remember that even though they are able to follow the general discussion they still are missing parts of what is being said.

Lonely feeling

It is a lonely feeling not to be able to fully participate in converstions with a group. You must make effort to include people with hearing loss in group conversations. Start by engaging them by turning towards them remember they often use lip reading and facial gesture to comprehend you fully.

Aware of background noise

Eliminate or reduce background noise like turning down volume or moving away from the source of noise. Restaurants and at social gatheringsNoise level in these situation is not in your control you can try to

  • Move closer to them and speak clearly
  • Raise your voice if appropriate without actually yelling at them
  • Check that they did understand what was said

Other considerations

  • Speak a little more loudly than normal, but without appearing to be shouting. People with hearing loss hates nothing more than people shouting at them or speaking very slowly. This is key to having a meaningful conversation with them. If you hurt them by shouting or talking to them like you are speaking with babies you may make them hear you but you should not hope for a productive meaningful conversation.
  • Show patience towards them, they will pick up on any sign of annoyance you may display
  • Stay positive, let them know that you are trying your honest best to help them
  • Relaxed and keep them relaxed by showing you are doing your best
  • Dont forget to ask how you can help, sound sympathic by don't make them feel as if you are having mercy on them.
  • Stand in good lighting and use facial expressions. Provide supporting body and hand gestures to give clues.
  • Directly face the person and speak clearly at a reasonable speed; not so slow that person may take offensive
  • Do not cover your mouth, chew and eat while speaking
  • Rephrase your statements differently using different words
  • Avoid speaking over each other as much as possible
  • Other helpful tips are also available here


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