Communication is extremely important to all relationships, but a hearing loss can have a profound impact on a person’s desire to interact. Frustration and embarrassment from the inability to communicate may lead to withdrawal from social situations along with feelings of isolation. The following strategies will make communication easier.
Strategies for the Person with Hearing Loss
RULE OF THUMB: if you can’t see the person’s face, assume they can’t hear you.
Ask others to look directly at you when they speak, to come closer if necessary and to speak at a slower rate.