Communicating with people who have a hearing impairment

March 13, 2017

Whether it’s a work or social setting there are some simple things you can do to make communication easier for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.

  • Face the person when talking and don’t cover your mouth with your hands
  • Speak clearly but not too slowly
  • Don’t shout – it can be uncomfortable for hearing aid users
  • Communicate in a well-lit area with minimal background noise and distractions
  • If there is an interpreter make sure face the person using the interpreter
  • If someone asks you to repeat yourself, don’t keep repeating the same thing – try to re-word it.

Are you or someone you know experiencing signs of hearing loss?  

Have you noticed a difference in your hearing?  Are you having problems hearing conversations when there is background noise or finding yourself asking people to repeat things more often? – If so you may be experiencing hearing loss.

You can check your hearing online with this hearing test.

Early signs of hearing loss can include:

  • Difficulty hearing conversations when there is back ground noise
  • People sound like they are mumbling
  • Asking people to repeat things more often
  • Struggle to follow a group conversation
  • Finding telephone conversations more difficult to hear
  • Other people think your TV or music is too loud

 It’s not just older people who suffer with hearing loss

If you’re a music lover and enjoy a live gig or the outdoor party experience of a music festival or love nothing more than hitting the dance floor on a Saturday night, you could be risking your hearing. 

Experts agree that noise at or above 85 decibels can over time damage hearing. The average nightclub has a noise level of over 100 decibels and the average live music gig is about 110 decibels.  

Here are some other causes of hearing loss:

  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Head trauma
  • Virus or disease
  • Autoimmune inner ear disease
  • Hearing loss that runs in the family
  • The ageing process

Benefits of wearing hearing aids

According to a survey by Action on Hearing Loss, people who use hearing aids are generally very satisfied with them. More than half said “being fitted with a hearing aid was a relief” and most of them felt their lives had improved because they “felt more involved”.

Modern day hearing aids are much improved and a lot trendier than the old fashioned ones and they come in funky colours too.

For support or an assessment on hearing loss contact:

Kirklees Gateway to Care or call 01484 414933 (24 hours a day 7 days a week)

For more information visit Action on Hearing Loss


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