Can the Deaf or hard of hearing person have varying communication preferences?

People who are Deaf or hard of hearing use a variety of ways to communicate, some rely on sign language interpreters or assistive listening devices, some rely primarily on written messages. Many can speak even though they might not be able to hear. The communication option that the hospital/organization/business provides will vary depending on the abilities of the person who is Deaf or hard of hearing and the complexity and nature of the required interaction/communication.