Regardless of the hearing abilities of the person you are communicating with, the following communication tips can be used to enhance your conversations:

  • Sit or stand 3 to 6 feet away to maximize audibility
  • Stay at eye level to help with visual cues
  • Make sure you have the person’s attention before speaking
  • Use facial expressions and gestures to accentuate your message
  • Raise your voice slightly
  • Speak slowly and distinctly
  • Use short, simple sentences
  • Rephrase your words if the person is having a hard time understanding you
  • To avoid distortion, don’t speak directly into a person’s ear


Communication Tips

When does hearing loss start?

The age at which hearing loss can start varies based on many factors. Some children are born with hearing loss without any history of hearing loss in the family. For some people genetics play a big factor in whether they have a hearing loss and at what age it may start or progress over time. Noise exposure can damage a person’s hearing at any age. For others it may start simply as they get older. One-third of people beyond the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss. At about the age of 50 a yearly hearing evaluation becomes of greater importance.

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