Dealing with hearing loss can be especially difficult during the holidays. All of the upcoming parties, events, and dinners might give you anxiety about hearing in these social situations. However, you don’t have to feel nervous about whether or not you will be able to hear family and friends this holiday season. Instead, read on for find our top 10 ways to hear better for the holidays.
- Don’t Let Yourself Get Pressured into Uncomfortable Situations. If you know that you have difficulty hearing in certain situations, don’t accept invitations that will put you in those situations.
- Communicate Your Hearing Difficulties with Others. When you explain to family, friends, and even colleagues the difficulties you have with your hearing, they can help make sure that they are speaking directly to you and making adjustments in their speech and actions to help you out. Let them know what they can do to help.
- Reduce Background Noises. At holiday parties and events, move to an area with less background noises or ask the host to turn down background music or sounds. They likely interfere with everyone trying to hear each other, not just you.
- Carry Spare Hearing Aid Batteries. Running out of batteries for your hearing aid just in time for the big holiday dinner can mean disaster. Make sure that you have extra batteries on hand and bring them with you just in case. You never know when one my stop working prematurely and you don’t want that to ruin your holiday fun.
- Tune Up Your Hearing Aids. Visit your audiology clinic to have a hearing aid tune up and ensure that your hearing aids are in good working condition. They are a big investment and you should have this done regularly anyhow. Before the holidays is a good time to have this done.
- Partner Up with an Understanding Friend or Relative. When you are planning to attend a holiday party or family dinner, speak to one person ahead of time and ask them to be your “hearing wingman”. They can help you by repeating something you missed and making sure that you are in optimal positions for hearing, etc.
- Sit in Strategic Positions. If there will be assigned seating at an event, talk to the host ahead of time and ask not to sit near speakers. Ask if you can sit with a wall to your back, which is an optimal spot for the hearing best.
- Listen to Music. Believe it or not, listening to music can train your brain and your ears to listen better. Also, your right ear is best for listening to speech while your left ear is best for listening to music.
- Don’t Start Conversations from another Room. This seems like an obvious communication tool, but it isn’t always followed. Remember this if you are having difficulties communicating and follow someone into another room before continuing the conversations or tell them to wait until they come back into the same room with you.
- Consult with your audiologist. Our number one way to hear better for the holidays is to consult with your audiologist. These are the professionals that can best assist you with your hearing and listening needs.
Consult with the Professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors & Audiology
If you are nervous about the holidays and your hearing loss, please don’t hesitate to ask questions or bring up concerns. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations. At Hearing Aid Counselors & Audiology, 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. Most of our tips and tricks for hearing better are not only useful during the holidays, but can help you all year long.