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COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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Given the chance, family, friends and colleagues can do a lot to help you improve your hearing. That is why it is important to let them know about your instruments, and to tell them what they need to do the make communicating easier.

TALK FACE TO FACE
• Move closer and sit or stand where your face is well lit to make your facial expressions and lips easy to read.
• Try not to talk while chewing or smoking.
• Never hide behind a newspaper or lean your cheek or chin on your hand while talking.


SPEAK AT A NATURAL PACE
• Try not to talk too fast.
• If your companion has difficulty understanding, you try re-phrasing the sentence rather than just repeating yourself.
• In group situations, try not to interrupt each other.


REDUCE BACKGROUND NOISE
• Avoid noisy doorways and windows; if you cannot close them, find somewhere quieter to talk.
• Try to reduce background noise i.e., turn down the stereo or TV.


GOOD ADVICE FOR YOU
Before going to the cinema or theatre, call in advance to check whether they provide assistive listening devices (systems that make it easier to listen with hearing instruments) When booking restaurants, try to get the quietest seats. When attending seminars, try to arrive early and sit at the front. And do not hesitate to ask the presenters to use a microphone.