How can I communicate better with hearing people?
Be open. Tell the person you're speaking to that you lipread before you start a conversation. There's no reason to be embarrassed about your hearing loss.
Then follow our simple steps:
- Don’t stand too far away. Make sure you can see the speaker's face and lips – their gestures and facial expressions will help you to understand what they're saying.
- If your hearing isn't the same in both ears, make sure you are in the best position to maximise your ‘good side’. Don’t be shy about asking people to change places with you.
- Ask people to get your attention before they start talking to you.
- Try to keep calm. If you become anxious or flustered, it will be harder for you to follow what's being said.
- If you don't catch what someone says the first time, don't be afraid to ask them to repeat it or say it in a different way.
- If necessary, ask people to slow down and speak more clearly.
- Don't be too hard on yourself. No one hears correctly all the time.
Download our communication tips poster here
Where can I learn to Lipread?
If you don't already lipread, have you thought about learning? Joining a friendly lipreading class can give you skills to help you communicate, and you can pick up tips from people in a similar position to you. For more information, see Lipreading classes