cyconnell1968 Asked August 2010

My father can hear but cannot speak. How can we communicate to each other?

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blannie Feb 2015
The most recent poster is trying to communicate with her husband who can't understand her speech.

I'd second the computer tablet idea (I have a Kobo Vox that I got on special for $60). I'd just type out a message in either a word processing program or as an email and let your husband read that. The tablet I have is pretty small (5"X7.5") and light (no more than a pound), so you could keep it handy. You just have to charge it pretty regularly or keep it plugged in. You can change the font size to as big as you need.
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monroe Feb 2015
I wonder if a tablet such as a Samsung Note would be helpful? Maybe you could even get something that he could write on and that would speak the words out loud, that might be kind of cool.
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JessieBelle Feb 2015
cconnell, can your father write? If he can, pick up a white board and markers. It is how we communicated with my father, who was deaf. We could write big enough so he could read without problem, and erase it afterwards, so there wasn't a lot of paper waste.

gema, I wondered how well you can handle technology. If you are able to type well, you might want to shop for a mobile device that is best for you. You might want to talk to a group for deaf people to see which devices are best, then choose the one you feel most comfortable with. Many people like Kindle because it is easy to read and operate. I don't know much about it, since I've never worked one. Apple and Microsoft also make mobile devices that can fill your needs. Some of the Apple devices also have cell phone included with their pads. MS Surface is less expensive and looks pretty handy to me.
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pamstegma Feb 2015
Hand gestures work wonderfully. My husband (Italian) was in a noisy restaurant and his best friend was talking and of course, using his hands to express himself.
"You can't hear what he is saying, can you?" I asked
"No" said hubby, still looking at friend
"But you understood every word?" I asked
"Yes" he said without looking at me.
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gema93 Feb 2015
the problem is complicated because he cares for me I have Parkinson's and he can't hear me he says he can hear me but can't understand me!is there some kind of machine i can type beacause my writing has taken a bad hit wit parkinson;s!
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gema93 Feb 2015
i have a problemm writing and hubby cannot hear that well how can i communiacte
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Veronica91 Mar 2013
Can Dad see or write? if so paper & pencil will work.
If he can see but is paralysed try using flash cards that you make yourself using single words so he can nod his head. for example 'dinner?" "ham" "chicken" so he can choose or "pee" poop" "get up" "lie down"
If you have the funds there are marvellous computer systems that allow you to operate them just by blowing on a straw.
I see this is a very old post but thought my answers might help others in a similar position
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pamela6148 Aug 2010
pen and paper is a start.
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