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Communication Rules. Suggestions for More Effective Communication. Adapted by Debra Myers, Hearing Loss Association of East Texas (with permission from Sam Trychin from his Communication Rules book). This book (and other Sam Trychin material) is available at: www.trychin.com .

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CommunicationRules

Suggestions for More Effective Communication

Adapted by Debra Myers, Hearing Loss Association of East Texas

(with permission from Sam Trychin from his Communication Rules book).

This book (and other Sam Trychin material) is available at: www.trychin.com.

This presentation may be used freely by HLAA Chapters as long as this statement

Is retained. Download this presentation at www.nchearingloss.org/programs.htm


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Some Things To Think About

  • Hearing People and HOH People have Mutual Responsibility for Improving Communication.

  • Most Hearing People Do Not Know How to Talk to a HOH Person.

  • Most Hearing People will try to be helpful when they learn how to help.

  • It helps if they know you’re doing everything you can.


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COMMUNICATION RULES

  • Two Sets of specific Communication Rules

  • For Hearing people when communicating with HOH people

  • For HOH people when communicating with hearing people.


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For a Hearing Person Communicating With a HOH Person

  • Get the person’s attention before you speak.

  • Do not put obstacles in from of your face.

  • Do not have objects in your mouth such as gum, cigarettes or food.

  • Speak clearly and at a moderate pace.


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For a Hearing Person Communicating With a HOH Person …Continued

  • Use facial expressions and gestures.

  • Give clues when changing the subject.

  • Rephrase when you are not understood.

  • Don’t shout.


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For a Hearing Person Communicating With a HOH Person …Continued

  • Avoid noisy background situations.

  • Be patient, positive and relaxed.

  • Talk to a HOH person, not about him or her.

  • When in doubt, ask the HOH person for suggestions on how to improve communication.


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For a HOH Person Communicating With a Hearing Person

  • Pick the best spot to communicate by avoiding areas that are poorly lit and very noisy.

  • Anticipate difficult situations and plan how to minimize problems.

  • Tell others you have a hearing loss and explain how to best talk to you.


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For a HOH Person Communicating With a Hearing Person …Continued

  • Pay attention to the speaker.

  • Look for visual clues to what is being said.

  • Ask for written clues of key words, if needed.


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For a HOH Person Communicating With a Hearing Person …Continued

  • Do not bluff.

  • Provide feedback

    • Don’t just say, “Huh?” Tell them what you heard and what parts you missed.

    • Thank them for helping.


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For a HOH Person Communicating With a Hearing Person …Continued

  • Arrange for frequent breaks if discussions or meetings are long.

  • Try not to interrupt too often, but do interrupt when you need to.

  • Set realistic goals about what you can expect to understand.


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Summary

  • There’s a lot you can do to improve communications.

  • Others can and will help when they know how.

  • It’s up to you to take the initiative.

  • Hearing loss is not a “Spectator Sport”.


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