How to communicate with a child that has impaired hearing:
Never talk with your back to the child.
Get close to the child when you communicate. The sound volume halves every time the distance from the sound source is doubled, so increasing the distance by just a few metres may prevent the message being understood.
Make eye contact with and look at your child when you wish to communicate with him or her. Your lips, facial expressions and body movements all contain important information.
When you communicate with the child in a room where others are present, always say the child's name.
Speak in a clear voice without shouting. If you speak too loudly, the sound of your voice may become distorted, making it difficult to understand.
Make sure that there is enough light when you talk to your child, so that the child can see your face clearly.
Go on playing, singing and talking with your child. For all children, human contact is essential for their emotional development and well-being. A child with impaired hearing may have an even greater need for close one-to-one contact to provide a basis for communication.