Some Prebycusis Tips

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jan 06, 2013

Communication tips


If you have a hearing loss caused by presbycusis or know someone who does, share these tips with family members, friends, and colleagues.

  • Face the person who has a hearing loss so that he or she can see your face when you speak.
  • Be sure that lighting is in front of you when you speak. This allows a person with a hearing impairment to observe facial expressions, gestures, and lip and body movements that provide communication clues.
  • During conversations, turn off the radio or television.
  • Avoid speaking while chewing food or covering your mouth with your hands.
  • Speak slightly louder than normal, but don't shout. Shouting may distort your speech.
  • Speak at your normal rate, and do not exaggerate sounds.
  • Clue the person with the hearing loss about the topic of the conversation whenever possible.
  • Rephrase your statement into shorter, simpler sentences if it appears you are not being understood.
  • In restaurants and social gatherings, choose seats or conversation areas away from crowded or noisy areas.

 

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