Communication between Care recipient (cr) and caregiver often becomes difficult following cr’s hearing loss some simple changes and mindfulness in speaking may be helpful

Try: #if the cr is wearing a hearing aid make sure it is turned on if the cr hears better out of one ear than the other direct your speech toward that ear #speak slowly and clearly face the cr directly sit in good lighting with the light overhead not behind you where your face will be shadowed don’t do anything that will interfere with a cr’s ability to follow your lips such as exaggerating your speech talking too fast chewing gum or talking while smoking cigarettes or eating #get the cr’s attention before speaking by touching the cr’s arm or hand or by making eye contact #if the cr becomes distracted by background noise lower the noise refocus the cr’s attention on your conversation or move the conversation to a quieter spot #lower the pitch of your voice slightly without raising the volume of your voice lower tones are often easier to hear than higher ones raising the volume of your voice will become frustrating to you and will not necessarily make it easier for the cr to hear you #keep talking on an adult level #if the cr has trouble understanding you repeat your statement if the cr still doesn’t understand repeat yourself using different words some sounds maybe coming through clearer than others for the cr and changing your words may make a difference #sometimes a cr can understand what another person says because of familiarity with the person’s pitch or pronunciation if you are caring for someone who doesn’t know you well a person more familiar to the cr may be able to help you communicate more clearly #remember that we communicate most

Materials: Nothing special needed

Categories: Communication, Mobility, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Hearing, Poor Hearing

Information: Non-verbally this means that even if you don’t think the cr can hear you he or she can read your body language and your tone and will know when you are angry frustrated sad or happy information

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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