10 Commandments for Significant Others
Communicating successfully with persons affected by hearing loss
  1. Thou shalt not speak from another room.

  2. Thou shalt not speak with your back towards the person with hearing loss.

  3. Thou shalt not start speaking and then turn away from the person with hearing loss.

  4. Thou shalt not speak in competition with anything else.

  5. Thou shalt get the attention of the person with hearing loss before you begin speaking.

  6. Thou shalt speak face-to-face whenever possible.

  7. Thou shalt try to remove obstructions while speaking; such as your hand from in front of you mouth and food in your mouth.

  8. Thou shalt speak clearly and distinctly. Project and enunciate.

  9. Thou shalt exercise patience when communicating.

  10. Thou shalt be supportive to the person with hearing









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