Tips for Communicating with the Hearing Impaired
When one has a loss of hearing, people assume that a hearing aid is all that is needed. With a hearing aid, the person should hear normally (they don't). People also assume that if you can't hear you can lip-read and that it is easy and normal. Hearing abilities vary greatly. The use of multiple communication aids must be relied upon, including lip-reading to obtain maximum understanding. Here are some ways to initially approach the hearing impaired person to help ease the communication process.
Always speak clearly and naturally. This means:
Rephrase words that are misunderstood.. This means:
Attract the listener's attention before you begin speaking.
=B7 Use facial expressions
I had a hearing impaired assistant in chem lab for several years, and these points, printed and handed out to students, as well as repeatedly discussed during lab instructions and posted around the lab helped a lot. Like safety instruction, these directions had to be frequently repeated to be effective with all students.
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I am checking in to see if any of you all might be willing to share experiences and/or policies and precedents for a deaf or hearing impaired teaching assistant working in Chemistry lab instruction.
Any and all contributions will be so appreciated,
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