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Tip for Communicating with People who have Hearing Loss | Get Attention First

If you have hearing loss, it’s important to ask people to get your attention before speaking. You might not necessarily know that the other person is speaking to you unless they get your attention.

If you miss the first few words, that’s valuable information about the topic that you are missing. If they call your name or touch you lightly before speaking, you can get into your listening mode and give the person your full attention.

Click “play” on the Link below–sometimes it’s startling to have someone call your name or touch you when you are absorbed in what you are doing. Especially if you live in a quiet world!



  • Photo credit:  © Alan Fortune

    Sandra Vandenhoff

    Dr. Sandra Vandenhoff is an audiologist with hearing loss, founder of HEARa, Hearing Rehabilitation teacher, and Canadian author, who does not remember saying on her first day of wearing hearing aids: "Mom, I can hear my shoelaces!"

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