Communication tips

Arrange your communication settings such that you can optimally understand your partnersIf you have any hearing problems, try these tips to communicate with hearing people:
  • Have you thought about learning to lipread? Everyone lipreads to some extent, especially in noisy places.
  • Be open. Tell the person you're speaking to that you lipread, before you start a conversation.
  • Ask people to get your attention before they start talking to you.
  • Don't stand too far away from the person who's speaking to you.
  • Try to keep calm and don't panic. If you become anxious or flustered, it might be harder for you to follow what's being said.
  • If your hearing isn't the same in both ears, try turning your better side towards the person speaking to you.
  • If you don't catch what someone says first of all, don't be afraid to ask them to repeat it or say it in a different way.
  • If necessary, ask people to slow down and speak more clearly.
  • Don't be too hard on yourself. No one hears correctly all the time.
  • Make sure you can see the speaker's face and lips. Their gestures and facial expressions will help you understand what they're saying.