The holidays can end up not being the happy time of the year it is supposed to be for those who are dealing with hearing loss. It is important to pay attention to signals from your loved ones who are hard of hearing because the holidays can cause a lot of stress and worry about interacting with family and friends. Here are some tips to help your loved ones dealing with hearing loss to make sure they aren’t having any problems and can feel included in all of the upcoming events, parties, and dinners.
When you can’t hear well in noisy situations like holiday gatherings, it can cause a lot of anxiety and feelings of isolation. Be sure to look for the signs that your loved one with hearing loss is struggling during this time of the year. You might notice they decline invitations and tend to isolate themselves from others. They also might seem depressed or have other drastic changes in behavior. If you do notice any of these warning signs, there are things you can do to make them feel more welcome and at ease including:
- Talk to them and ask if there is something you can do to help.
- Make sure that their hearing aid is in working condition including the batteries, chargers, and cleaning kit.
- Let them know what types of accommodations you have for them at a planned get together. This can include no music and minimal background noises, preferred seating where they can hear best, and a buddy system to pair them up with someone who can help “translate” any missed conversations.
- Learn sign language if they use it.
- Offer closed captioning if watching the TV or movie together.
- Know that it is very difficult to understand what someone else is going through.
- Be understanding and patient.
- Offer to take them or accompany them to their appointment to their hearing professional so that you can better assess their hearing and listening needs.
Consult with the Professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors
Hearing loss can make the holidays more difficult for those who are hard of hearing. However, it doesn’t have to, you can be there for your loved one and even visit their hearing aid professional with them. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations. At Hearing Aid Counselors, we have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your hearing and listening needs.