During the holidays, we get to interact and enjoy ourselves with our friends and families. But this period can be overwhelming for people with hearing problems. All the noise and chaos in the living room, bar, or kitchen can be hard to manage, let alone missing out on jokes or not following conversations.
You shouldn’t feel bad having to ask people to repeat themselves all the time-embrace yourself and enjoy the festive season as well. Here are 6 tips for handling hearing loss during the holidays for you to savor the season.
1. Pick the Right Spot
For a sitting dinner, pick a strategic spot -one that will allow you to listen to and follow conversations easily, yet comfortable enough so that you aren’t drowned in others’ dialogue. You can also sit next to your favorite person. A spot near or next to the wall is also good to help filter out background noise.
Reading lips is also important in noisy environments. So, sit somewhere where you have a clear line of sight to your communication partner’s lips.
2. Limit or Cut Out Background Noise
This step would be easy if you were the host. If not, you can request the host to accommodate you and turn off or turn the volume of the TV or music system down. You can also ask to be given a spot at the table near a wall to cancel background noises. These are things you can plan for earlier by contacting the host so that you don’t come across as rude.
3. If You Have Hearing Aids, Use Them
4. Technology is Your Friend
5. Be Honest
It’s good to be honest with those around you. Don’t just nod, pretending that you are following everything that’s happening. Request people to repeat themselves whenever you miss something; This will make your interactions more meaningful and less awkward.
6. Be Patient and Take a Break
Patience with yourself and those around you will help you enjoy the moment. Don’t be disappointed when you miss some parts during conversations or when someone speaks too fast or softly. Trying to follow a chat can be overwhelming. You can always take a walk outside, where noise levels are lower, and relax.
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