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There are many supports to help you communicate with people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Such supports include interpreters or the National Relay Service (NRS) or other communication strategies specific to that person.

People who are Deaf or hard of hearing communicate in different ways depending on several factors.

  • The age at which deafness or hearing loss began
  • The type of deafness or hearing loss
  • Amount of residual hearing
  • English language skills / primary language skills
  • Lipreading skills
  • Speech abilities
  • Family and social environment
  • Educational background and
  • Multiple disabilities

Some people who are Deaf and hard of hearing use speech or sign language only. Some use a combination of techniques.

It is always best to ask the Deaf or hard of hearing person how they prefer to communicate.

NWDP Tony Web
A Deaf man smiling, in the corner is the Expression Australia logo celebrating 2018 National Week of the Deaf

“Being Deaf means that we have access to a unique and special language. We can communicate with each other and be confident with ourselves by being Deaf leaders in a hearing world.”