Loud Voice is Wrong: How to Speak Easily to Deaf People and Make Them Easier to Hear

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Have you ever had someone ask you back when you talk to your grandparents?
I used to get asked back too.

I often shout out loud after being asked back.

When you are talking to your grandmother and she asks you if you want to talk to her again, you have to speak up.
In fact, it may even have the opposite effect.

How do you feel when someone talks to you in a loud voice?
Wouldn't you be surprised and feel intimidated?
The same goes for the elderly and the hard of hearing.
So how should you talk to them?

That's right!
Speak slowly and clearly.

Just by being aware of this I've been able to get the elderly to say, "You're so easy to listen!"
Let's take a look at what it means to speak like an announcer.

Speak slowly and clearly to make it easier to hear.

I often hear people say that it is easier to understand what is being said on Japanese TV if it is a national TV program.
In Japan, the national broadcasting system has a standard of 300 words per minute.
In the past, it was much slower.

In the case of commercial TV programs, the speed is often doubled, which makes it difficult for the elderly or hard of hearing to hear.

In the following situations, it becomes difficult to hear.

  • Conversation is fast.
  • Multiple people talking at the same time
  • Noisy surroundings

If you speak slowly and clearly in a quiet place, it will be much easier to hear what is being said.

If you speak too loudly, the other person will deflate

If you speak louder, the dBs will naturally be louder, and you will certainly be heard more easily than if you speak in a low voice.

However, a loud voice can make the other person feel deflated.

In fact, most elderly people who have difficulty hearing do hear sounds.

There are different types of hearing loss, and many elderly people have a type of hearing loss called sensorineural hearing loss.

The hallmark of sensorineural hearing loss is the distortion of sound.

If you can hear sound normally, you may not be able to imagine that it is distorted.

In particular, it becomes difficult to distinguish consonants, making it impossible to recognize them as words.

How would you feel if someone shouts loudly when you can hear the sound?

It's noisy, isn't it?

Many elderly and hard-of-hearing people are not deaf, they just can't hear what is being said.

The point is that they can hear you, but they just don't understand what you're saying.

If you shout loudly for goodness sake, they will think you are angry with them.

The person who replies to you may not understand what you are saying, and may just be giving you a perfunctory reply.

A supplementary phenomenon that sounds noisy when the volume exceeds a certain level.

In the case of sensorineural hearing loss, a person can hear sounds but cannot properly recognize them as words. In addition, age-related hearing loss is often accompanied by a condition known as supplemental hearing loss.

In addition, there is a condition called supplemental hearing loss, which is a form of auditory hypersensitivity in which a person hears sounds louder rather than quieter.
In addition, it is different from normal auditory hypersensitivity in that the ear is deaf up to a certain volume, but after a certain volume, the sound becomes much louder.

In addition to the above, there are many other problems that can be caused by this phenomenon.
Moreover, just because the sound gets louder, it does not mean that the words become easier to understand.

I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not.
This is like a person who doesn't understand Chinese suddenly being yelled at in Chinese.
You can't get anything across with this.

Please refer to What is recruitment? Causes the elderly to dislike loud voices about recruitment.

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