Speaking to a person
with a hearing loss
Get the person’s attention first
Let them turn around and look at you before
you start speaking again.
Look at the person as you talk
Don’t turn away or cover your lips. Don’t eat or smoke.
Don’t shout from the next room or have your head in the fridge.
Don’t exaggerate your lip movements. Don’t speak too slowly or
too quickly. Don’t shout and don’t mumble. These things distort
the sound and make it harder to speech-read.
Avoid/Reduce background noise
Turn the television off or down if you want to have a conversation.
Use simple language
Rephrase your message if it is not understood. Some words are
easier to hear than others. Don’t use unnecessary words. Using
simpler language gives a message that is clear and more easily understood.
Move into the light
It is easier to speech-read if your face is well lit.
It can be very frustrating from both ends.