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Tips 1

Visually Impaired - you may find your hearing becomes worse as your sight deteriorates!

To some extent we all lip read. Thus if your sight gets worse you may find your hearing also gets worse.

If someone is speaking on the TV but then different text (from what they are saying) appears on the screen, our brain will automatically pay more attention to the written word.

Therefore we pay attention to visual clues when a person is speaking to us. Not only their facial expressions but also the words.

So if you are visually impaired and unable to read these clues, then your ability to hear lessens.

1) Either get closer to the speaker so you are in better sight range or 2) Try not looking directly at them so all the brain is receiving is the sound and not attempting to 'work out' the visual clues as well.