If the person you are speaking with has a hearing loss, try these tips:

  • Shorten the distance between the speaker and listener   (3-6 feet is optimal) 

  • Reduce the ambient noises in the environment as much as possible 

  • Get the person's visual attention before speaking, by saying his or her name

  • Use facial expressions and gestures to enhance the meaning of your message 

  • Raise your voice, but do not shout 

  • Speak slowly and distinctly 

  • Use short, simple sentences 

  • Try rephrasing your words rather than repeating

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