Compared to the old times, we see that the people with hearing impairment these days are not living the lives of misery at all. We find the people who are deaf, from a very minimal level to the profound one, working efficiently in every field of the work. With more than 28 million deaf people living in America today, the number could be quite disastrous if they would not come out to enjoy lives at best.

What makes the things different from past?

Deafness or having a hearing impairment is no longer thought of a disability. We find the people with this ailment working in every field, creating successful careers, progressing in studies, building families, traveling the whole world, enjoying TV, watching movies and living in the world like all the others. This has happened due to the modern advancements made in the fields of medicine and audiology.

The assistive devices being used today by the partially or deaf people are helping them overcome their miseries and enjoy their lives at full. The medical facilities also are becoming widespread for the deaf people.

What lies on our shoulders?

The advancement in technology has played its part in making the world a happier place for the deaf, but the thing that needs to be considered is the way we people are treating the deaf. We all need to learn the most effective ways of communicating with them and making them feel comfortable around us.

If you have a friend that does not listen properly, or some relative or someone at work, instead of getting frustrated on communicating with them, we need to learn and practice the ways to communicate with them. Your behavior could be discourteous and hurt, so take a step and learn how to deal with them.

Tips to communicate effectively with those who cannot hear properly

Let us walk you through the tips that are going to help you communicate with those who are impaired for hearing.

  • It is important to get the attention of the deaf person before getting to talk to him
  • Once you know the deaf person is attentive to you, make sure you have a polite expression on face but not that of sympathy, just a friendly smile
  • After that talk to the person and make sure you talk slowly, and clearly, so they can get the words easily with the movement of your lips
  • There is no need to shout or yell to make the other person hear, just keep it natural and do not exaggerate or over pronounce the words when you speak
  • Look directly at the other person and make sure you have nothing in your mouth when you speak
  • Avoid standing in front of the light source and make use of the words ‘I’ and ‘you’ when you communicate
  • Try asking such questions that the other person can answer easily by just saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in reply. 


Published by Kimberly Smith