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Hearing Aids During the Holidays

Nov 01, 2021 Hearing Aids During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time to surround yourself and spend time with friends and loved ones, however it can be difficult for those with hearing loss. If you have hearing loss, don’t miss out on anything; there are small things you can do to make the situation more suitable to your needs. Use these tips and your hearing aid features to your advantage to make the most out of the festivities.

Tips for Holidays with Hearing Loss

 

Gather in a space that is conducive to hearing.

  • Avoid gathering in places with TVs, speakers, music or other loud appliances to eliminate background noise.
  • If in a restaurant, request a table further away from the kitchen or bar.
  • Ask that the TV or music be turned down if it is too loud.
  • If possible, move to a quieter room to have a conversation.
  • Try to gather in areas with good lighting and nothing obstructing your view, so you can see visual cues.

 

Have a friend or family member be your ‘buddy’. They can stay near you throughout the night to help you navigate conversations as needed. 

 

Choose a strategic place at the table. Find the seat that will best allow you to hear what is going on around you. Also, think about sitting next to somebody who can repeat things and help include you in the group conversation. 

 

Use subtle visual cues. Those you are talking to will pick up on certain cues like cupping your hand behind your ear. Then, they will know to speak louder or more clearly without you having to ask them. 

 

Be honest. If you didn’t completely hear something, don’t be afraid to ask somebody to repeat himself or herself. That way you can have a meaningful conversation instead of just nodding along. 

 

And, of course, wear your hearing aids! They will help filter out background noise allowing you to focus on specific conversations. In the end, they will make your time more enjoyable. 

 

Navigating the holiday season when you have hearing loss can be stressful, but follow these tips to have a better and more meaningful time with those you love. 


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