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It’s hard to believe it’s already here, but we have to ask: are you ready for the holiday season?
It’s the beginning of November and with Halloween behind us, get ready for family gatherings, presents, parties, and events. But, what about people with hearing loss? Or maybe you’re concerned about your own hearing loss standing in the way of a great holiday season.
We can help. Let’s look at some ways to accommodate your hearing so you can enjoy the holidays like never before.
If you’re someone who’s never had a problem hearing, it might never occur to you that you might be talking to someone with hearing aids.
Hearing loss is pretty common. About 20% of Americans report experiencing some type of hearing loss, although it’s not always treated. You might think that turning up the music for your “Friendsgiving” is just what the event calls for, but it could really make it difficult for someone with hearing loss to participate in conversation.
But what if you’re the one with hearing loss? Well, talk to your host about it. If the music’s too loud, ask them to turn it down. Talk to the people next to you. Bring a friend so if you miss any details in a conversation, they can keep you in the loop. And if you need it, take a break from the socializing and get some fresh air.
You might be tempted to leave your devices at home, and we understand that. But your hearing aids can make all the difference, if you want to have a great time. Hearing loss is normal and if you can alleviate it with hearing aids, don’t be embarrassed by it.
You should also make sure you have extra batteries. We don’t want you to go to a gathering only to have your hearing aids stop working halfway through the evening!
Your brain works hard to interpret the sounds you hear. It works even harder when you’re in a crowded room, trying to make sense of noise and conversation. Hearing loss can make it even more difficult.
If you don’t have hearing loss, be mindful of the people you invite that do. Don’t be offended when they want to step outside for a moment or leave early. Talk to them one-on-one, speak normally so they can read your lips if they need to, and remember that excess noise is too much noise.
If you have hearing loss, know your limits. Give yourself a break if you need it. Try to enjoy the moment and not let frustration take over.
Celebrating the holidays with family or friends (or both!) should an enjoyable experience. You can do this! Using these tips, we think you can finish 2017 in memorable way, giving you a great start to the new year in January.