With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us will be hosting and/or attending holiday dinners, holiday parties and other holiday events with friends, family and loved ones. In the middle of all this holiday cheer and celebration, it can be easy to forget about the challenges those people with hearing loss face. Parties and celebrations are a staple of the holiday season, but for people with hearing loss, Christmas music, conversations, and social interaction can be challenging, if not totally frustrating.
Here are our top 5 tips to enjoying the holidays with hearing loss; for people who experience hearing loss, as well as those who are hosting people with hearing loss.
5 TIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS DURING THE HOLIDAYS
- Make a check up to see a Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS), Audiologist (Au.D.) or ENT to get your hearing aids cleaned and checked prior to the holiday season. It’s also important and recommended to get an annual hearing test, especially if you wear hearing aids. Hearing abilities change and so can your hearing aid programs. Even though it may not soundlike your hearing aids aren’t functioning to the best of their ability, they may not be. Physicians Hearing Solutions knows the importance of regular hearing health check-ups. Ahead of the busy holiday season, schedule an appointment with us to review your hearing health. Call today for your free hearing screening and clean & check: (401) 921-0181 or visit us online at: www.PHSDOCS.com.
- You must wear your hearing aids! What good are hearing aids if you do not wear them? If you are new to hearing aids, of course there is a period of adjustment. But If you treat your hearing loss with hearing aids, make sure you’re wearing them as often as possible, especially at social holiday gatherings. Wearing hearing aids consistently allows your brain to connect sounds and improve word memory. Hearing aids make sure that you are able to connect with the sounds around you, including conversations, jokes, holiday songs and so much more.
- Plan Ahead. If you’re traveling this holiday season, take some time to collect all your hearing aid supplies case (recharging station, batteries, cleaning supplies, etc.) prior to leaving for your holiday. It’s best to make sure you have all of the hearing aid supplies you need and enough of each supply to last the duration of your trip, and maybe a few extra days, just in.
- Know your limits. It can be overwhelming to try to follow large group conversations, especially in social holiday situations. Listen to yourself and know your limits. It can be helpful to occasionally transition to quieter one-on-one or small group conversations. Also positioning yourself with your back against the wall can be helpful. With the wall behind you, you’ll be able to block out some of that background noise that might get in the way of hearing clearly. When we strain to hear and understand words, it can be exhausting. Little tricks help ease the anxiety of hearing loss, as well as your comfort level in social situations.
- It’s ok to ask for help. If you’ve been included in a holiday celebration, it’s pretty clear your host cares about you. In such a case, it’s safe to say your host wants you to have a good time, hearing loss or not! If you need the music turned down or if you need to switch seats at the dining table, don’t be afraid to ask for accommodations. Most hosts would be happy to accommodate such a request, especially if it helps you enjoy to holiday too.
ARE YOU HOSTING PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS?
Are you inviting people to a holiday event or gathering where a person or people live with hearing loss? Try these simple tricks to help welcome to your celebration.
Consider the volume of your holiday music. Holiday music is a great way to boost the ambiance of a party, of course, but for a person living with hearing loss, loud music can make meaningful conversations challenging. Actually, even for your guests with normal hearing, loud music can make conversations difficult. Imagine if you had a hearing loss? People with hearing loss experience challenges with speech recognition when there is a lot of competing background sounds. To make things easier for them, keep that holiday music at a lower volume. You may want to also consider positioning the speakers away from the party area.
Create several areas designed for smaller group conversations. If you’ve got a family room or living room where the guests mingle, try to set up seating areas in smaller groups. With one big circle full of people speaking at once, it can be overwhelming for people with, and without hearing loss to properly follow conversations.
Have you experienced changes in your hearing? Do you know someone you think may need help with their hearing health? Physicians Hearing Solutions is committed to working together to bring the most quality hearing healthcare to our patients in order to achieve our overall goal of improving all of our patients with an increased quality of life. To fulfill this mission, we are committed to earning the trust and respect of all of our patients, through providing professionalism; ensuring a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment; exceeding your expectations; listening to those we are privileged to serve; and always striving for continuous improvements at all levels.
At Physicians Hearing Solutions, we offer specialized hearing help from determining a hearing loss to finding the right hearing solution for your lifestyle and budget. Physicians Hearing Solutions also offers patients the choice of seeing one of our Doctors of Audiology or our National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist. Our hearing healthcare professionals offer patients a clear path to better hearing health combined with specialized hearing support services. Each of the Physicians Hearing Solutions team member’s value providing a superior patient experience and quality hearing healthcare services to all patients, every time. Schedule your free hearing screening today: (401) 921-0181 or find us online at: www.phsdocs.com.