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Caregiverlist Care Brief: Speaking to People with Hearing Loss

  • Use a first name before you speak to draw their attention to you
  • Speak a little more slowly than what you consider to be normal
  • Do not yell, shout, speak rapidly or speak with exaggerated mouth movement
  • Keep your hands and objects away from your face while speaking
  • Avoid speaking while eating, chewing, smoking and drinking
  • Always face the hearing impaired person
  • Do not try to converse from another room or with your back turned