Communication for the
hearing impaired

The following is a list of strategies for the person with
hearing impairment to use when communicating.

  • Learn to anticipate and understand the topic of conversation by using situational cues,
    contextual cues and understanding of the logical sequence of events.
  • Face the speaker directly and on the same level whenever possible. Sit across
    from,and close to, the speaker with your better ear toward the speaker.
  • In your home, reduce competing noises by turning off or lowering the volume
    of TV’s, stereos, radios, turning off running water, etc. for improved speech reception.
  • Become familiar with the way different people express themselves: facial
    expressions, vocabulary, sentence structure, accent, dialect, etc.
  • Maintain an active interest in people and events. Knowing about national and
    world affairs, as well as those of your community and friends, will help you
    follow any discussion or conversation more readily.
  • Utilise speech reading to the fullest! Concentrate on the thought rather than the
    individual words. Do not interrupt the speaker until he/she is finished. Observe
    expressions, gestures and the face of the speaker.