Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How to help facilitate conversation

One way to help communication with people who have hearing issues, is to enunciate words slowly and clearly. This does not mean "dumbing down" the conversation, which comes across as condescending or insensitive. Instead, look directly at the person's face when speaking and only raise the volume level to a point where a comfortable conversation can still be held, not a full shout. A person with a naturally low speaking voice may want to raise the tone as well as the volume.

1 comment:

(e said...

And please refrain from producing "fake sign language" and an exaggerated voice. I mentioned this in one of my posts: http://ehwhathuh.blogspot.com/2009/12/i-said.html
Ugh, there are some idiots out there who still do this. It is so insulting.

Thanks for this post, it is our job to inform others how to communicate effectively with D/HH individuals.