We all hear and understand better when we can see the person who is speaking. Why? Your brain compares what it hears to what it sees. If there is a mismatch between the two messages, you will either misunderstand or say, “Huh?” That is why it is always important to get a person’s attention before beginning to speak and allow the listener to “tune in” to what you are saying. If there is a mismatch and you are watching the speaker’s face, you can stop and seek clarification.
We depend on reading the speaker’s lips and watching facial expressions and gesture in the context of the listening situation, in order to make sense of what we hear. Your eyes actually do help you hear better!
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