by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A lady asked,
Is there a handy guide that I could give to friends/coworkers, about ways to best communicate with a person with hearing loss. I have seen a couple of lists in the past, but can not find them.
Here are a couple of things that will help you. First, I wrote an article called “Effective Communication in the Family“. In this article, there is a link to a two-page letter that you can freely print out, personalize, sign and give to your anyone (family members, friends, coworkers). This letter gives the most helpful tips on effectively communicating with hard of hearing people.
In addition, I have written a short book on this very subject called “Talking with Hard of Hearing People—Here’s How to Do It Right!” This little book gives 21 tips for talking with hard of hearing people one-to-one or in small groups. It gives an additional 12 tips on talking to hard of hearing people in larger groups and meetings.
Furthermore, there are an additional eight critical tips for talking to hard of hearing people under emergency situations, and another dozen tips for talking to hard of hearing people in hospitals and nursing homes.