For Communicating With a Person With a Hearing Disability
Speak very clearly. Use a
normal tone of voice, not too fast, but not too slow.
Make sure the person who is
deaf can see your mouth. Blocking your mouth with objects or your arms
should not be done, because then lip reading is almost impossible. Do not chew
gum or other things.
Speak right in front of the
person not from the side or back.
If you can't understand a
person who is deaf, feel free to ask them to repeat what they just
said. If that doesn't work, use a paper and pencil.
If you meet a person who is
deaf that is with a companion, speak directly to the person, not the
Ask how the person wants to
Before you start to speak,
make sure the person is listening. A wave, a touch on the shoulder, or
other visual signals will let him/her know you are ready.
If a person is lip reading,
you should make
eye contact. Don't turn your head or walk around. The person may think
the conversation is over.
While you are writing a
note for someone who is deaf, do not talk. It is hard for a person to
read and look at what you are saying.
If you don't understand
something the person says, ask them. Don't pretend that you understood
it when you really didn't.
If you know any sign
language try to use it. It may help them understand you better.
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