When you don't know how to connect with a deaf or hard-of-hearing person, you can complicate the process -- or worse, shut them out entirely. If you need to communicate with a deaf person, here's what you should do.
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Next weekend is my family's yearly reunion. It's across the country, so I'm not going, but my father is currently contemplating the trip. When we talked about the event this week, he talked about how he wanted to go and see everyone, but he also wanted to avoid a number of different conversation topics. Like all families, we have things we'd rather not talk about and he was worried he was going to get caught in a bunch of awkward conversations where people asked him about things he didn't want to discuss and he was forced to answer. My advice: Go in with a plan.
At some point in your life you'll have an awkward conversation. Parties, networking events, they're all minefields potentially littered with awkward pauses, regrettable jokes and just plain invasive small talk. You don't have to suffer the slings and arrows of bad conversation. Some tried and true practices to get you out already exist, whether it means bothering a buddy or downloading an app.
I love the concept of ride sharing services like Lyft or Uber, and I use them all the time when I travel or feel the urge to paint the town red. But it's not just because they're convenient; I like to talk to the drivers! And I wouldn't trade all the stories, advice and near head-on collisions for anything.
Your role at the doctor's office isn't over when you describe your problem. You have to understand what your provider is telling you -- and that goes double if you're signing a form to say you understand the risks of a procedure or of being involved in a study.
Around a third of the population have trouble sleeping, including difficulties maintaining sleep throughout the night. While night time awakenings are distressing for most sufferers, there is some evidence from our recent past that suggests this period of wakefulness occurring between two separate sleep periods was the norm.
Everyone wants to be a great conversationalist, whether you're networking or just catching up with friends. Share your stories in the present tense to make them (and yourself!) more engaging and interesting.