If you have a hearing loss, the following strategies can help you communicate more effectively:
- Tell others that you have a hearing loss and let them know the best way to communicate with you (e.g., speak slower, look directly at me, etc.).
- Keep background noise to a minimum - turn down the radio and television when you’re talking, and avoid fans or running water during conversations.
- Move closer to the person speaking and position yourself so you can always see them.
- In large groups, position yourself in the center. At large gatherings, such as church services or lectures, sit at the front of the room. Use an assistive listening device, if available.