10 Commandments for Communicating with People with Hearing Loss

  1. Get each other’s attention before starting a conversation.
  2. Speak clearly and distinctly.
  3. Don’t try to talk over someone else that is speaking.
  4. Maintain good eye contact when speaking with your partner.
  5. Don’t speak to each other from different rooms.
  6. Don’t speak with your back towards each other.
  7. Keep hands, or other obstacles, away from your face while talking.
  8. Speak to each other in areas with adequate lighting.
  9. Try to talk to each other in areas with minimal background noise.
  10. And above all else… have patience with, and be supportive of, each other.