Suggestions for Your Family and Friends…
It makes a big difference if the people around you know how to make it easier for you to understand them. Here are some suggestions you can give them:
Get my attention before talking to me. This allows me to “get ready” to listen.
Please don’t speak to me from another room. It’s simply too difficult when you’re out of sight. I may hear you … but I won’t understand what you say.
Don’t talk fast. I often have to “figure out” what someone said. I simply can’t keep up with a fast talker. One of my most important tips: Don’t talk too fast!
Face me when you talk to me. I understand more if I can see your face. And please don’t chew gum, smoke or cover your mouth while you’re speaking.
Come closer. When you stand a little closer, your voice is louder and lip reading is much easier. Someone only three feet away is about twice as easy to understand as someone eight feet away.
Turn down the noise. Please turn down the television, radio or air conditioner. If you can’t, please understand that hearing in noise is much harder for me than it is for you!
Just because I heard you doesn’t mean I understood you. Hearing is not the same as understanding. That’s why people with accents and people who mumble or talk fast are difficult for me. I hear them … I just may not understand them.
And if I don’t understand everything you say, please remember that I’m not being rude or difficult … I’m just having trouble with my hearing!
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