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A few tips follow: Minimize sounds coming from air or heating units by baffling sound away from study areas. Minimize glare. Glare inhibits people who are hearing impaired or deaf from receiving visual cues, further limiting their ability to communicate effectively. Use sound-absorbing materials in areas where seniors might gather. Arrange a seating area away from areas that tend to have a high noise level. The seating should allow patrons to face each other as they speak. Use accessible signage to communicate important information.

Put your welcoming smile on; it will show in your voice. It is not necessary to raise your voice or speak slowly. Serving Older Patrons Who Are Deaf or Hearing Impaired Recognize that many older adults have hearing impairments, and many do not use hearing aides (older seniors resist this accommodation more strongly than any other life-altering event). Therefore, staff may not get any cue from the older adult that the patron’s hearing is impaired. A few signs to look for are that the person is looking at your mouth all the time (done to visually catch conversational cues), the person may not answer staff when queried, or the person may give an inappropriate answer.

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