5 Important Tips for Relating Best with Deaf People


5 Important Tips for Relating Best with Deaf People

It's amazing to note that most people who will get on the internet to search for how best to relate with deaf persons most likely have a new, valuable relationship with a deaf person. Very rarely do people just think of these things on a normal day.

Deaf persons deserve respect, and often, they get disrespected and maligned. It is very important to take note of these 5 important tips on creating and maintaining the best relationships with them.

5 Points to Note when Relating with Deaf Persons

1. Get their Attention before Speaking

It is very important to get a deaf person's attention before speaking to/with them. 

There are some appropriate and inappropriate ways to attract a deaf person's attention. For example, flickering a light in front of them, or slightly nudging them on the shoulders or arms is quite fairly reasonable. 

2. Maintain Eye Contact with them

It is important to look at a deaf person's face while talking to them, even if you're using sign language with them. 

Another common misconception is to think that because we're using an interpreter, we can look at the interpreter, but to a deaf person, that is disrespectful! 

Look at the deaf person while speaking with them, even if speaking through an interpreter.

3. Check for Communication Noises

Communication noises do not necessarily have to be auditory to affect a person's understanding. 

For deaf persons, darkness or an obstruction of any kind can hinder sight and understanding. 

4. Do not Exaggerate

Do not exaggerate facial expressions or body movements, because you do not have to be thorough to be understood. You also do not need to scream; the movement of your lips at normal tempo and volume is enough for a deaf person to read.

5. Make Expressive Faces

It is important to be facially expressive while communicating with a deaf person. 

There's a face to make while asking questions, there's a face to make when you understand a thing being said to you. 


We neglect deaf people most times in our daily lives, but that does not have to remain so. 

Deaf persons also have feelings and so deserve to be respected. Observing the 5 points above, and doing even more extensive research on how best to relate with deaf persons would go a long way to make us one happy united, human family.

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