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Improving communication for people with hearing loss, their family and friends

Communication tactics: Facing the person

In everyday life when talking to other people, background noise and other things can happen that make it more difficult to hear. For example the noise of a bus driving past when having a conversation, or people covering their mouth or face with their hands. The tactics described here can make it easier to follow the conversation.

A lot of meaning in conversation is conveyed by facial expressions tone of voice and body language. Facing the person will make understanding conversation easier. If part of a sentence is missed, sometimes the gaps can be filled in if a person is given time.

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