• Get their ATTENTION BEFORE you start speaking.
    • Say their NAME or gently touch them on the shoulder or arm if appropriate. This allows their brain to ‘get ready to listen’
  • SLOW DOWN your speech and SPEAK CLEARLY.
    • Repeat what you’ve said in a DIFFERENT WAY instead of just talking louder (which can distort their speech and mouth movements)
    • Drop your voice to a lower pitch if possible
  • REDUCE DISTRACTIONS by turning down the TV, music or moving to a quieter location
    • BACKGROUND NOISE makes listening with hearing loss much more difficult
  • FACE THEM and MOVE IN CLOSER when you are speaking to them
    • They can benefit from READING YOUR LIPS and your facial expressions and body language
  • WRITE down words on paper or on your phone or iPad if needed
    • Write down the IMPORTANT WORDS to help clue them into the context
  • BE OPEN to using a DEVICE to help them if they have one, a microphone or FM for example
    • Generally, you simply need to SPEAK INTO THE MICROPHONE and the sound will get picked up by their hearing aid or headset
  • ENCOURAGE them to get their hearing checked every two years. Remember that hearing aids are like glasses, our prescription changes over time.

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