SUGGESTIONS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
If you have a hearing loss, it makes a big difference if the people around you know how to make it easier for you to understand what is being said. Here are some suggestions:
- Get my attention before talking to me. This allows me to “get ready” to listen.
- Please don’t speak to me from another room. It’s simply too difficult when you’re out of sight. I may hear you...but I won’t understand what you said.
- Don’t talk too fast. I often have to “figure out” what someone said and I simply can’t keep up with a fast talker.
- Face me when you talk to me. I understand more when I see your face. And please don’t chew gum, smoke or cover your mouth while you’re speaking.
- Come closer. When you stand a little closer, your voice is louder and lip reading is much easier. Someone only 3 feet away is much easier to understand than someone 8 feet away.
- Turn down the noise. Please turn down the TV, radio and air conditioning. If you can’t, please understand that hearing in noise is much harder for me than it is for you.
- Just because I heard you doesn’t mean I understood you. Hearing is not the same as understanding. That’s why people with accents and people who talk fast are difficult for me. I hear them...but I may not understand them.
- And if I don’t understand everything you say, please remember I’m not being rude or difficult or stupid... I simply have a hearing loss and need your help.