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Tips for Better Communication

For the Listener: WATCH

  • Watch the talker's mouth
  • Ask specific questions
  • Talk about your hearing loss/
    tell them what you need
  • Change the situation
  • Helpful gestures

For the Speaker:CARE

  • Clear speech
  • Attention must be obtained first
  • Rephrase when the message is misunderstood
  • Expectations must be reasonable

If you don't understand, ask for clarification.

Watch the speaker.

Place yourself at a good distance, not too close and not too far.

Be assertive (but not bossy) and positive.

Don't blame people for not speaking clearly. Coach them in a way that will make them happy to accommodate your listening needs.


Asking for Clarification


When asking for clarification, instead of asking “what?” or “huh?” or “eh?”, here are some specific responses to consider:

  1. Could you say that a bit more slowly?
  2. I didn’t understand. It helps if I can see your lips.
  3. Please speak a little bit louder.
  4. Please face me when you're speaking.
  5. I didn't get the last part of what you said.
  6. I heard XXX, but I missed YYY.


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