(2012-02-16 05:39 PM)Jessi Wrote: Yep, there is. For one, face them directly. Not only will that point your audio straight toward them, but it will also give them the opportunity to see your lips move. Not everyone can read lips, of course, but even just being able to pick up a few movements to fill in the blanks of words they couldn
t understand can help.
Also, talk a little bit slower and if you know you
re talking to someone who is hard of hearing, go ahead and intentionally raise your voice a bit. You don
t need to yell, but you do want to put it out there so they don
t have to keep asking you to repeat. This can be embarrassing for them, too, and they may avoid having you repeat and just pretend they understand or heard you instead.
Hi Jessi, I
m just curious as to how much of the Deaf Culture and community do you know about? I disagree with what you
re saying, if it
s someone who
s later lost their hearing slowing down a bit may help but for the most part you should talk normally if you get to going too fast they
ll ask you to slow down. Also for Heaven sake whatever you do please do not yell at them or even raise your voice unless asked to do so. Many hard of hearing people (hh) you can yell or speak up all you want and they still won
t hear you, especially if they don
t have hearing aids in.
I just don
t agree with this, this is my life, my everyday thing, I teach a class on it and have been involved with the Deaf and hh communities since I was seven years old. The one thing I do agree with is you want to maintain eye contact at all times, because if you turn away from them it
s the same as if you didn
t talk to someone who greeted you. They would think you were trying to ignore them. Otherwise make sure you always have pen and paper with you as a last resort or if they know sign language, then take the time to learn their language, I think you
ll fall in-love with it. I
ve yet to meet a person who started learning and didn
t :) Blessings to you both.