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7 Tips for Communicating with the Deaf

My Doctor Finder
July 20, 2017

Communicating with someone who has a hard of hearing condition should not be difficult. With the proper knowledge of the dos and don'ts when communicating with the deaf community, exchanging of thoughts and ideas will be as easy as 1, 2, and 3. Here are 7 tips that can definitely help you to communicate properly with the deaf:

  • Be courteous to the deaf during conversation.
    • If a situation wherein sound is involved like someone is calling to your mobile phone, someone is knocking on the door or if someone is calling your attention, respectfully excuse yourself and tell the deaf person the situation. Avoid ignoring the deaf person when situations like the following occur.

  • Do not place anything in your mouth when speaking.
    • Avoid objects such as cigarettes, lollipops, ice cream or any object that may hinder or make it difficult for the deaf person to follow what you are currently saying.

Effective communication will only happen if there is an effective pattern that all of us will completely obliged to learn.

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Source:

[1] "Tips for Communicating with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People" by South Carolina Hospital Association