- Lighting is crucial.
The deaf person needs to sit with their back to the main light source so tha
- t the faces opposite are illuminated for lip reading.
- Minimise background noise.
Hearing aids amplify ALL sounds, so be aware of distractions such as mechanical fans in a projector, or a noisy fridge – or worst of all, most village hall urns! Avoid whispering comments to a neighbour or having a private conversation round the table, outside the official debate.
- Look for a hearing loop in the room.
If there is one, make sure it’s switched on and that the deaf person knows about it. This can be a factor if you’re booking an outside venue for a meeting.
- Raise your hand when you wish to say something.
This enables the deaf person to identify who’s speaking. Don’t start speaking till the chairman says so.
- Keep your whole face visible while you speak.
Don’t cover your mouth with your hand, or turn away from the deaf person.
- Speak clearly.
No need to shout or even to talk slowly, unless the deaf person asks you to.