On the job
- Be open about your hearing loss and inform others about its consequences
- Accept that you are hard of hearing
- Tell others what your needs are
- Make demands, but be understanding
- Remember that your colleagues cannot transforme you into a person with normal hearing
- Lay down rules for communication
- Focus on the person nearest you
- Do not try to keep up with a conversation if it is impossible
- If it is difficult for you to cope with your work, find another job
- Think about your future work situation
- Always use your hearing aids
- Do not hide your hearing loss
- Inform your family and friends about your situation and its consequences
- Teach your family to keep eye contact when conversing and talk loudly and clearly
- Do not be ashamed of your hearing problem - it is normal
- Remember you cannot do everything
- Teach your family how to involve you in conversations
- Avoid background noise
- You have the right to relax and not "switch off"
- Do not use your hearing loss as an excuse for other problems
When you travel
- Use your eyes!
- Watch others - and do the same!
- Always carry some paper and a pencil
- Prepare your trip well in advance
- Bring along itineraries
- Do not converse while driving
- Remove your hearing aids when travelling by plan
- Use a FM sender, if necessary
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