There are things you can do, and things others can do, to help you communicate more easily – with or without hearing aids.
Strategies that can help you communicate more effectively
How family and friends can help?
Reduce background noise
Reduce background noise by turning down the television or radio, turning off the dishwasher, fan and other noisy devices.Move closer to the listener.
Do not cover your mouth or chew gum or food when speaking.
Reduce the distance between you and the listener. Look directly at the person when speaking.
Ensure conversation areas are well lit so the listener can watch facial expressions.
Avoid conversations in the car where it is difficult to hear between the front and back seats or to read lips.
Get the listener’s attention before you begin speaking.
Speak at a normal conversational level, avoiding loud, exaggerated speech.
Do not speak too quickly.
Pronounce your words clearly and allow the listener time to fully comprehend the conversation.
Rephrase a sentence rather than simply repeating it, as some phrases are easier to lip read than others.