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Dealing with Hearing Loss

By Lisa Evans

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2 Grab Attention

When speaking to someone who suffers from hearing loss, it is important to get their attention before you speak by saying their name or tapping gently on their arm. Always face the person when speaking. Donít cover your mouth or speak with something in your mouth, such as gum or food.

3 Donít Change Speaking Tone

Speak in a normal tone, not raising your voice unless you are asked to. While the first response of most individuals is to shout to someone with hearing issues, shouting can distort the sound of the voice, making it even more difficult to understand. Speak clearly and at a moderate pace. If you are not understood, simplify the message; say it in a different way or write it down.

4 Individual vs. Group Setting

One-to-one communication is easier for someone suffering from hearing loss. Physical distance between the speaker and listener can be challenging for someone who is hard of hearing. The distance should be no more than six feet to allow the speaker to be both seen and heard.

Using these strategies, caregivers can help eliminate some of the most common issues that exacerbate insecurities of seniors with hearing loss.


Lisa Evans is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Visit her website


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