Here is some good advice for hearing-impaired children, their parents and other adults who communicate with hearing-impaired children.
Always use good communication techniques when you communicate with a hearing-impaired child.
Advice for the child
- Use your hearing aid and get used to it
- Do not be ashamed that you are suffering from hearing loss
- Ensure that the people who talk to you are looking at you
- Tell others that they can touch you if they wish to contact you
- Tell people about your hearing loss
- Tell people what you want in order to hear better and how you like people to act
- Always take your hearing aid to parties
- Relax and rest when you get tired
Advice for adults
- Use body language and gesticulation
- Do not let the child's hearing loss become a bigger problem than it is
- Support the child and restore his/her confidence
- Do not repeat what other people say
- Do not feel or show guilt because your child has a hearing problem
- Accept the child as he/she is
- Avoid unnecessary attention because of the hearing problem
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