Looking for tools to improve communication with someone you are caring for who is dealing with hearing impairment?
L’Appui pour les proches aidants offers ten tips to improve your communication skills and strategies.
Is the person you are caring for hard of hearing or deaf, and are you having difficulty communicating with them? Their communication difficulties are related to their condition:
In either case, communication with the person is affected. You are both experiencing emotions, tensions, and frustrations (in French only); communication breakdowns occur and sometimes increase over time. You have to deal with some grief (in French only), from the shock of the news to reconstruction, sadness, depression or denial.
Your challenge is to maintain or encourage what is known as communication health—our ability to speak, hear and be heard. The professionals involved in this area are speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants.
Some CIUSSS offer accompaniment and adaptation support services for the person with a hearing impairment and those close to them.
Two things to consider:
These tips are drawn from the communication strategies to be used by friends and family proposed by Audition Québec (in French only).
Communication is also important between you and the assistance and support resources. The Office des personnes handicapées du Québec offers personalized assistance to persons living with a disability, their families and caregivers in their efforts to access services:
Hearing aids and assistive listening devices
Programs and training of Quebec sign language (LSQ)
Associations and organizations
Support and self-help groups
Association des personnes avec une déficience de l’audition (ADPA). Conférences en ligne et des cafés-rencontres pour aider les proches à mieux composer avec les troubles de l'audition.
Youtube channel of Association des personnes avec une déficience de l’audition. Les émotions vécues par les proches.
CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale. Six vidéos pour communiquer avec une personne malentendante.
L'Appui pour les proches aidants. COVID-19 - Communication strategies for people with hearing loss.
Naître et grandir. Les problèmes d'audition.
Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec. Manuel du programme des aides auditives.
Need to talk?
Contact our Caregiver Support Helpline for counselling, information et referrals.
Every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Free of charge.