Speaking in a clear, distinct voice is most effective, particularly when speaking on the telephone. It is not necessary to raise your voice or “yell”. If you raise your voice, your expression changes and it will appear that you are upset or angry. Clear speech allows the hearing impaired individual to understand enough to realize what you are trying to communicate.
Noisy environments are particularly challenging for those with hearing loss. Attempt to find settings away from air conditioners, running water, entryways, speakers and the restaurant kitchen. If seated in a restaurant, be sure to find a quiet location and sit across the table from the person with hearing loss.The person with hearing loss must advocate for themselves. Communication is a two way street. Family, friends and co-workers must be told what is needed to help improve communication. Hearing loss is invisible and it is easy to forget that someone has a hearing loss. With a little effort, we can improve communication.