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How can I be considerate of someone with hearing impairment?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

First of all, you must recognize that someone with hearing impairment doesn't necessarily need your help. You are welcome to be encouraging, considerate, and helpful when asked, but don't be patronizing. For the purpose of helping yourself be a better friend, family member, or coworker, remember the following things. Don't forget that someone is hearing impaired; for instance, don't expect them to hear what you say to them when their backs are turned and don't whisper. In conversation, face the person when you are talking to him or her. Speak clearly and in complete sentences, especially to children who are developing language skills. Make sure that he or she understands what you said. It isn't impertinent to ask someone with hearing impairment to tell you the best way to converse with them so that everyone understands.

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