Hearing impairment and communicationContributed by Joy Victory, managing editor, Healthy Hearing
Last updated November 16, 2020
Even without the added issue of hearing loss, conversations require a lot of focus, energy and patience. For people with hearing loss or other hearing impairments, a noisy environment or friends who speak too quickly can make communication extra challenging.
Restaurant background noise is one of the
most common challenges when talking to
someone with hearing loss.Below are some things that you can do to help facilitate communication when someone has hearing loss, whether that person is you—or a loved one, friend, or coworker.
Please note this article is for people who have mild to moderate hearing loss. People who have untreated profound hearing loss, or are Deaf, have different communication methods that will be more effective than the ones discussed below. More on degrees of hearing loss.
How to talk to someone with hearing lossSome environments are much easier for communication for people who are hearing impaired. Here are some things you can do to ensure the environment is perfect for communication: