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How To Speak To Someone With Hearing Loss Hearing loss is complex and no one is to blame. There are some simple techniques to make living with hearing loss easier. Whether it is you or your partner that has the loss, you both will have to work hard and be aware to accommodate in everyday life. If you speak to someone with a hearing loss: • Be sure you have your partner’s attention before you begin speaking. • Always face your partner and keep your mouth free from obstruction. • Don’t stand with your back towards the light as it casts shadows. Face the light, making it easier to read facial expressions. • Speak in normal tones without exaggerating. Speak clearly and distinctly but do not shout. • If possible, reduce any background noises by turning off the TV or radio. • When asked to repeat, rephrase what you said. Repetition may not give the clarity your spouse needs. • Pay close attention to your partner’s expressions. It can be easy to determine when something is unclear.

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• The more severe the hearing loss, the more important these responsibilities become to the speaker. • Most important of all, do not criticize, nag or make fun of your partner with hearing loss. Use “I” statements rather than “you” statements. The next time you are told you’re mumbling say, “I am concerned about your hearing. Would you please have your hearing tested?” Even if your spouse is hesitant about getting hearing aids, an in depth hearing test will tell both of you exactly what the problem is. Go together so you each learn all you can about hearing loss. Education is the first step. Let go of being right for the sake of your relationship. Be gentle with yourself and your loved one.

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How To Speak To Someone With Hearing Loss