Bowen recently saw this post on Facebook, and we both agreed that it was worth posting here for the PSP audience. The original source is from InMyGoodEar.com, but I’ve modified it to make it more ‘up-to-date’ with our politically correct language in the D/HH circle.
This would be me if I had the opportunity to share these 10 Commandments LOL. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
The Ten Commandments HOHs Wish You (the hearing person) knew:
I. Thou shalt not speak to the listener from another room.
II. Thou shalt not speak with your back toward the listener or while the listener’s back is toward you.
III. Thou shalt not speak as you walk away.
IV. Thou shalt not turn your face away from the listener while continuing to talk.
V. Thou shalt not speak while background noise (water running, radio or TV playing, people talking, etc.) is as loud or louder than your voice.
VII. Thou shalt not start to speak before getting the listener’s attention or while the listener is reading, engrossed in a TV program, or otherwise preoccupied.
VII. Thou shalt not speak while your face is hidden in shadow.
VIII. Thou shalt not obstruct the view of your mouth while speaking.
IX. Thou shalt not speak rapidly or by shouting.
X. Thou shalt be patient, supportive and loving when the listener appears to have difficulty comprehending what has been said.
I will also add an 11th commandment:
XI. Thou shalt keep in mind that our brains work just as well as yours. Our ears just need some time to catch up.
Feel free to copy, paste and share these 10 commandments with your friends, teachers, and family members. Everyone needs a reminder once in a while!