The Care recipient (cr) is hearing impaired and the caregiver (cg) needs to know how to communicate with the cr

Try: Be sure their hearing aid is turned on fitted and adjusted properly and the batteries are charged make sure the cr sees the cg approaching so the cr isn’t startled stand or sit directly in front of the cr check the lighting to be sure the cg are not back lit and the cr isn’t just looking at a dark silhouette against a bright background reduce or eliminate background noise as much as possible such as music tv’s fans or other conversations when at a restaurant or event with the cr choose a seat that will improve the cr’s ability to hear speak slowly and clearly in a normal tone of voice do not shout do not over exaggerate lip movements if the cr doesn’t understand what the cgis saying try rephrasing it in different words to get the message across try not to jump from subject to subject write down what is being said for the cr to read make up a notebook with pictures or phrases often used in conversation with the cr that can be used on a regular basis provide visual cues through facial expressions and natural gestures do not chew gum or eat while talking keep hands away from the face while talking to the cr so he or she can see the cg’s facial expressions

Materials: Notebook pen paper

Categories: Communication, So-So Hearing, Poor Hearing

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References: Adapted from tender loving eldercare tlec consulting services

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

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