Tips for Communicating
If you notice, I didn’t title this blog “tips for communicating with people with hearing loss”. The reason is because one of my clients brought in a handout that talks about communicating with a person living with dementia. Oddly enough (or maybe not so oddly at all), many of the tips apply to communicating with hard of hearing people.
Some of the tips include:
“Don’t sneak up and start talking to me”
“Make sure you have my attention before you start blabbering away”
“Don’t talk to me like I am a child or an idiot”
“Don’t go off into long winded explanations; I’ll just say no since I am unsure of what you are talking about”
If you think about it, tips for communicating should be for everyone, regardless of their age, disability or even if English is a second language. Looking at someone while you are talking to them is just plain common sense and good courtesy. Enunciating words and speaking at a reasonable rate is more conducive to understanding on the part of the listener.
After all, if you are trying to convey a message to someone, you want them to be able to understand what you said. Just following a few easy steps will ensure success.