Christmas is fast approaching and most of us look forward to events with family and friends. Unfortunately, it can also be a stressful time of year – especially if you have a hearing loss.
Celebrations are often in large groups, out in busy restaurants, lots of people talking over one another and music playing. Conversation is challenging for most people, but if you’ve got a hearing loss, these noisy gatherings can be very frustrating, daunting, unenjoyable and something to avoid.
For people with hearing loss, it’s often at these social occasions where their unaddressed hearing loss can cause them to feel particularly isolated. Even when surrounded by family and friends their poor hearing can cause them to feel left out of the conversation and fun.
However, there are some things you can do for better holiday hearing.
Don’t be shy
Remind your family and friends that you have a hearing difficulty. They’ll be reminded to slow down, speak up and be more attentive to your needs.
Ensure the light is good
Good lighting on the speakers’ faces allows you to use facial expressions, gestures and other nonverbal signals to help understand what is being said.
At the dinner table, sit in a position where you can see most people’s faces. Position yourself in the middle of one side rather than at the end of a long table. Have short conversations with individual people rather than trying to follow group conversations.
Turn Down the Volume
Manage background noise. Don’t think you have to have the TV, X-box, Wii and karaoke machine on all the time to entertain your guests and their children.
Is your party dining at multiple tables? If possible, request to sit with a smaller group where it is easier to focus on the conversation.
Focus on one or two people at a time, move from one small group to another, as this makes it easier to hear and follow conversations. You could offer the canapés and drinks round to guests to feel less awkward mingling.
Relax and have a good time
Remember, no-one hears everything. Try not to stress about it.
Schedule a hearing check
If you suspect that you have a hearing loss but haven’t done anything about it, how about making a New Year’s Resolution this year to hear better and live better. Unlike many hearing clinics, Hear Better is 100% independent and not owned or operated by a hearing aid manufacturer. This means we have access to the latest technology from all major international brands.
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