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How to recognise if someone is deaf



There are no obvious clues with people who have a hearing loss. Deafness is the unseen disability.

However here are some clues which may help you identify someone with a hearing loss.

  • They may wear hearing aids;

  • The person's speech may be difficult to understand;

  • The volume on the television or radio may be really loud;

  • The person may not respond if you call them or speak to them without getting their attention first;

  • They may write short notes to communicate;

  • They may use sign language to communicate;

  • They may ask you to repeat what you have said;

  • They may shout when they speak;

  • They may appear rude but in fact they are not - they are probably nervous, misunderstood or isolated from communication.

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