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How can I understand people when they are speaking if I have hearing loss?

There are some things you can do to facilitate understanding someone who's speaking to you if you have hearing loss. By looking at the face and facial expression, you are also lip-reading. Some people say that they can't lip-read, but we all do on maybe a subconscious level. We look to the speaker for facial expression and lip movement, which helps to clarify what's being said. If you don't understand what people say, don't hesitate to ask them to repeat what they've said or ask them to say the same idea using different words to help clarify what they're trying to communicate. Importantly, don't fake it. There's nothing worse than responding to a person who says something, and maybe you didn't quite understand it, so you nod and smile and say "yeah." Maybe the right answer really should have been a look of horror and "Oh my gosh, no!" So faking it can be dangerous.

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