Who Are Hard Of Hearing And Deafeaned
Hard of Hearing (HoH) refers to the person who does not hear well and clearly. People with mild to moderate hearing loss are called HoH. Mostly Hoh rely on spoken language as their primary method to communicate. Some Hoh people use sign language or cued speech as a supplementary support.
Deafened means profound hearing loss, any time after the development of speech and language. They are having their hearing loss suddenly or gradually rather than having been born deaf. They are usually unable to understand speech without visual aids such as speech-reading, sign language and / or computer aided real- time transcription (CART).
Tips for communicating with Hard of Hearing or Late-deafened people who do not use sign language.
Hard of hearing or late-deafened people use a variety of techniques to communicate. Some people will want the services of a CART reporter or an assistive listening device for effective communication whereas other may require modifications or minor changes in the way the meeting is held. For those who communicate orally logistics are important. The following tips are helpful; the room should be as quiet as possible (no loud fans or a/c units), when speaking face the person and speak slowly, do not yell, avoid chewing gum or covering your mouth while speaking, don’t speak too quickly and if a term is difficult to get across rephrase instead of repeating. Avoid having any lights sources behind you. Throughout the talk check in with the hoh people to make sure they are understanding and ask if a break may be needed. If you are concerned about conception ask questions that require more than a yes or no answer to assess understanding.