Holidays are about family gathering, dinners and parties. But for the hearing impaired, it can be the most stressful and challenging time of the year.
Typically, any festive ambience would have a noisy background that can create challenging listening situations for the hearing impaired.
However, with the following tips, you can make your holidays less demanding and more pleasurable.
Be strategic with your seating arrangement
When at a holiday event you can expect the noise levels to be very high, making it difficult to communicate. To facilitate your hearing:
- Try to sit at the end of the table so you don’t have to focus on multiple group conversations going on either side of you and can enjoy your conversation as well as meal.
- When in home, try to avoid the kitchen area and spaces near the TV while in a restaurant setting, sit away from the bar or kitchen.
- Always try to pick a corner or a booth when a loud music is playing in the background.
- Move to a quiet spot in the house if you think the background is too overwhelming to carry out a one-on-one conversation with an individual.
- When going out to attend a party, arrive early to find a spot from where you can see people’s faces and interpret their facial expressions and cues.
How about a holiday buddy?
Having a companion to accompany you to a holiday gathering or party can help you keep up in conversation and have an enjoyable experience.
- If you are at a sit-down dinner, buddy up with a family member who you share a good bond with.
- Make sure you pick someone whose speech is clear and easy for you to understand in a loud setting.
- Don’t be shy about your condition. Remind your family, friends and new people you interact with that you have a hearing difficulty. They will try to be more attentive when you speak and speak in a way that helps you understand easily.
- Notify your host of your hearing and seating arrangement needs which will make it convenient for your to socialise.
- Though you are certain to have a music playing on in a holiday setting, don’t hesitate to ask your host to turn the volume down during your meal so that you can enjoy conversations on the table better.
- Schedule an appointment with one of the Adelaide Hearing providers to get your hearing aid checked. A professional will assess everything from your hearing aid batteries to device settings to optimise your hearing aid for the best holiday hearing experience.
Don’t let another holiday season be affected by your hearing loss. Follow these considerations and tips to get the most out of your hearing and make a holiday experience to cherish for a lifetime.