It is not necessary to raise your voice or “yell”. Speaking in a clear, distinct voice is most effective, particularly when speaking on the telephone. This method of communication allows the person with the hearing loss to understand enough words to realize what you are trying to communicate. Also, if you raise your voice, your facial expression changes and it would appear that you are upset or angry.
Noisy environments are particularly challenging for those with hearing issues. 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.
Hearing aids do not restore hearing to normal. They are very helpful in improving the ability to communicate, but it is necessary for everyone to contribute toward a successful conversational situation. The person with hearing loss needs to advocate for themselves. 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 someone has a hearing problem.
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