Tips for Communicating

communication tips for hard of hearing simi valley - thousand oaksIf 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.

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