5 Tips For Communicating With A Hearing Impaired


Being less than normal is an excruciating experience that leaves one mentally crippled because every time one steps out and looks around one feels one is less than the normal and has something less than what every other person has.

One feels lonely, aloof and stranded like a fish on a planet of apes. Every now and then, while boarding a bus, while crossing the street, while descending the stairs someone extends a helping hand or casts a sympathizing glance. Humane, as it may be, it still hurts because it makes one feel more deficient than one actually is.

It gets worse when you have to go out everyday and work in an office that is not suited to those with disability. Definitely, the everyday psychological hammering that a person suffers in such a situation cannot be helped but things could definitely be made convenient for them by providing useful assistance. So, if you have a loved one who is hard of hearing here are a few things that you must remember while communicating with them so that they neither strain them to understand you, nor does they feel at a disadvantage of any sort.

1) Be careful about how you start. Identify what you are about to talk of, and don’t start right away talking about anything on the face of earth. This makes them anticipate what you could be saying and wouldn’t be left guessing as to what you are saying.

2) You know they lip-read. That doesn’t mean you make pronounced lips movement to make his or her understand you better, for that makes it even harder for them to lip-read. That’s because they are habitual of reading normal lip movements, if you alter the natural way, it confuses them. So be easy. Just speak clearly and slowly.

3) Slowly does not mean that you start whispering, it only means just don’t start the verbal rat-a-tat. Whispering is a patronizing gesture and must be avoided.

4) Give due emphasis and pause enough so that the person could ask questions to bridge the communication gap.

5) Emote. Don’t stand their speaking as though you were talking to a wall. Emotions that run on your face indicate what you are saying and are valuable clues for the hearing impaired people to figure things out.

It is very important that you make them feel they are one of you, which they certainly are and you will have earned a friend for life. What better return could you ask for being patient and clear in your communication?