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- Help the patient to read lips by speaking face to face
- Speak clearly and in a normal tone of voice
- Use gestures in addition to speaking
- Avoid using facial expressions
- Ask the patient if she uses hearing augmentation devices
A patient who wears hearing aids is at a safety risk if he cannot hear what the nurse is saying or does not notice potentially harmful situations. The nurse can best communicate and protect this patient by speaking clearly and not shouting, using gestures to support speaking, and finding out if the patient has augmentation devices, such as an FM system, that would help with hearing.
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