Charity give communication tips to avoid excluding deaf people

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Brechiners are being encouraged to follow communication tips to make everyday life for family and friends with hearing loss easier.

Charity Action on Hearing have issued the tips as part of Deaf Awareness week, which runs from Monday (May 6) to Sunday (May 12). The advice is designed to prevent those with hearing loss from feeling excluded.

The tips are:-

l Make sure you have the person’s attention before you start speaking.

l Places with good lighting (so that you can be lipread) and little or no background noise are best for conversations.

l Face the person so you can be lipread and speak clearly, using plain language, normal lip movements and facial expressions.

l Check whether the person understands what you are saying and, if not, try saying it in a different way.

l Keep your voice down as it’s uncomfortable for a hearing aid user if you shout and it looks aggressive.

l Learn finger spelling or some basic British Sign Language (BSL).

Action on Hearing Loss is also encouraging Brechin residents to ‘Zip It!’ during Deaf Awareness Week by holding a sponsored silence in school, college or workplace to raise funds for the charity’s life-changing work supporting people with hearing loss.

For more information, please go to www.actionon hearingloss.org.uk/daw2013.