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Communicating with a Hearing Person When You Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

We're still working on this page. If you have a hearing loss, you may want some ideas about how you can communicate better with hearing people. This page will soon have some tips for you.

Here's what one man said about communicating with hearing people:
"I make sure that I take command of the communication stage.
I take the responsibility to make sure that I communicate in an environment in which I can understand that person more clearly.
Even if we have to move out of a restaurant or go to a quiet place, taking that responsibility, makes that other person, the hearing person, more respectful of my needs, and more aware and conscious of my needs. If I let the hearing person take responsibility for my needs, he wouldn’t know what I want, and at that point, we will always have this communication misunderstanding.

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