Video calls and conferences have become a lot more common recently as more people rely on technology to stay connected with others.
Here are some suggestions to make your next video meeting more hearing accessible for yourself and others:
Video Call Etiquette
It's a good idea to discuss video call etiquette at the beginning of every meeting. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to what is expected of all participants.
Your etiquette tips can also be shared in writing prior to the call.
Some examples of video call etiquette that promotes good hearing accessibility include:
1. Mute Yourself When Not Speaking: All participants should mute their microphone when not speaking to minimize background noise.
2. Face The Camera: Ensure that others can see your face to allow for speech (lip) reading as needed.
3. Speak Loudly and Clearly: Speak loudly and clearly, without mumbling, to ensure that everyone will be able to understand what has been said.
4. Raise Your Hand or Signal to Speak: Raising your hand or having a mutually understood signal for when you would like to start speaking will avoid interruptions and help the call run smoothly.