Many people hard of hearing say that in conversations it sounds like people aremumbling and won’t speak up but what are the characteristics of clear speech?
Nanjing Night Net

Speaking with someone with hearing loss does not require a major adjustment, justa few minor changes to how you speak.

Speaking slightlyslower, with moreprecise pronunciation, a little more volume and – most importantly –frequent pausesbetween phrases will improve the communication experience.

These pauses allow the listener to process what has been spokenbefore moreis said. They do not have to be overly long but by using pauses it also brings clarity tothe speech patterns, hence helping improve the hearing of what is said in theconversation.

This is especially true in noisy situations.

So if you are hard of hearing, how can you help your loved ones learn to speak moreclearly?

Simply ask them to do five things when communicating with you:

Face youSlow down a bitSpeak a tiny bit louderSay things as clearly as possible without exaggerating mouth movementsPause at the end of phrases.You may find that most family and friends will be able to produce clear speechbecause it not only helps you but benefits them.

They won’t have to repeat things asoften.

But be forewarned; most people will probably only be able speak clearly for a fewminutes before they fall back into old ways.

It may help to work out a reminder system with your frequent communicationpartners.

You could agree, for example, to have a sign such as tapping your chin that is areminder to “slow down” or “speak more clearly”.

If you have grandchildren, you could even make it a game of sorts with a secret codejust for them to speak slower or clearer. Get them to practise their “Show and Tell”voice with you.

It is bound to be fun for them and a big help to you.

Here is a little poem you may want to send to your closest family and friends:

If you were to say it slowly and clear,

I’d understand you much better, my dear

If you speak louder and take time to pause,

I will shower you with my applause.

Thank you for using your best clear voice with me.

Hearing loss can resultfrom a number of differentcauses, many of which arepreventable.

However, loud noiseis the most commoncause of hearingdamage.

You can improve yourhearing health by makingsure youavoid loud noise;remove the source of noise;remove yourself from thenoise; or reduce the volume.

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