Have you ever had someone speak to you in a condescending way? It probably was a little annoying at the very least – possibly even quite irritating. The definition of condescending is ‘having or showing an attitude of patronizing superiority; to treat with an apparent kindness which portrays a feeling of superiority.’ No one likes to be patronized.
When visiting with someone who has a hearing impairment, there are many things you can do to help them hear and understand better. The key is to do it in a way that is not condescending. We hear these tips all the time – Speak up! Slow down! Enunciate! Face the individual! etc. etc. etc. All are good suggestions. HOWEVER, these suggestions come with a caution … please be careful not to do it in a condescending way.
Just be natural. Don’t over-do-it!!! It can feel very patronizing when someone goes overboard. Look them in the eye and have a wonderful conversation!
Written by someone with hearing loss.
CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss. CaptionCall encourages people everywhere to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations, and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified. CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life.