- Do what you can to make lip-reading possible.
- Talk face-to-face.
- Speak at a natural pace.
- Try to eliminate background noise
Face the person you are talking to. Don't try to converse from a different room or with your back turned. It is easier to hear what people say when you can see what they are saying. Visual clues, like facial expressions and lip movements, do alot to help listeners understand your words.
Stand where your face is well lit. This makes it easier to see your facial expressions and read your lips.
Try not to talk while chewing or smoking-it makes it harder to understand what you are saying, and almost impossible for others to read your lips.
If you talk while reading the newspaper, or lean your cheek on your hand while talking, this will also make lip-reading difficult for others.
- You don't need to shout. Speaking at a normal conversational level when talking with someone who wears hearing aids is perfectly fine. Most instruments are programmed to amplify a normal level of speech, so if you shout, it may be too loud or even painful for the listener.
- Try not to talk too fast. Speak naturally, but try to pronounce your words more clearly. This will naturally slow your speech, but be careful no to overdo it.
- If you are having trouble being understood, try rephrasing your sentence rather than just repeating yourself. Some words are more easily heard or lip-read than others.
- When you are in a group, take turns at talking, and try not to interrupt each other. If the conversation changes suddenly, try to inform the person with the hearing loss; when they know what the subject is, it is easier to understand what is being said.
For someone who is hard-of-hearing, the most difficult listening environment is background noise. Voices are difficult to hear because they are in competition with all the other noise. The following are some suggestions that may help:
- Try to eliminate background noise when having a conversation. Turn off the television and close any open windows to reduce any noise from traffic.
- Move closer to your listener so your voice is louder than the background noise. This will also make your face and lips easier to read.
- Alternatively, try to find somewhere quieter to talk.