Make people aware that you are deaf or have a hearing loss and your preferred communication style.
Where lip reading is possible:
- Make sure they face you
- Make sure you can see their face clearly
- Make sure the person gets your attention before they start speaking
- Ask them to speak normally and not exaggerate their lip movements
The below are particularly important when someone cannot use visual cues, such as on the telephone or when wearing a mask:
- Ask them to speak clearly
- Ask them to repeat or say things differently if you do not understand what they have said
- Reduce background noise as much as possible by moving to a quieter space if possible
- Use assistive devices like remote microphones with hearing aids to improve the quality of speech over background noise
- Write things down – use pen on paper, text on device screens or whiteboards
- If possible, ask them to speak to a relative or friend
Where can I learn to lipread?
If you don’t already lipread, have you thought about learning? Joining a friendly lipreading class can give you skills to help you communicate, and you can pick up tips from people in a similar position to you.
Find out more about lipreading classes.