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Workplace environment

  • Anchored desk/workstation to a place that has reduced background noise and to position their “better ear” towards the source of the sound and where light will facilitate rather than hinder lipreading
  • Consider ways to structure shifts/teams to reduce the burden of trying to lipread new people every day
  • Use of a mirror next to the worker’s desk/work area to improve situational awareness and getting the worker’s attention
  • Use of acoustic panelling/sound absorbing surfaces, floors, walls furniture in workplaces including offices and vehicles
  • Use appropriate communication techniques and equipment as outlined above and ensure co-workers are aware (through training) of communication techniques that can assist and support their colleague