How to Make the Most Out of Your Holidays with Hearing Loss

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.

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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.

Additional Considerations

  • 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.

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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.

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Hearing Care for Children: Things You Can Do to Protect Your Child’s Hearing

With noise-induced hearing impairment or loss growing particularly among children and young adults, hearing care for children has become a growing concern for parents.

Highlighted below are some useful tips and advice from experts for parents to help their children take good care of their hearing and avoid hearing loss and its harmful symptoms.

Educate how a noisy environment affects your hearing

Teach your kids how their activities today can affect their hearing later.

  • Encourage use of hearing protection in noisy environments
  • Ask your child to wear foam earplugs or decibel lowering earmuffs in case of prolonged noise exposure.
  • When attending an exceptionally noisy environment, have your child wearing both for enhanced hearing protection.

Besides, it would be quite helpful to set a good example for your children by taking care of your own ears. Seeing you wearing hearing protectors wherever required, you kids will realise how important it is to protect their ears. Not only will this help your children be less resistant to hearing protectors, but it will also help protect your own hearing.

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Reduce noise exposure

Noise-induced hearing loss isn’t acquired overnight. Constant or prolonged exposure to noisy environments can cause permanent damage to one’s hearing.

  • Set volume limits on varied devices you children regularly use such as TV, tablet, computer, tablet, gaming system and more.
  • Also, restrict the prolonged use of Mp3 players and music systems.

In case your child must use such devices frequently, do invest in quality devices that meet general safety standards.

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Collaborate with school

Teachers and administrators can play a vital role in protecting children’s hearing at school.

With strategic classroom seating arrangements, closed captioning, loop systems, and hearing education, school administration can help children hear their best during the school day.

Teachers at school can also help identify signs of hearing impairment early to prevent further damage and provide the required child with optimal care.

Besides these guidelines, it is important to take not just your children but the entire family for professional hearing assessments. Some audiology facilities in Australia offer free hearing tests to help people have their hearing checked and get access to good hearing care before it’s too late.

 

 

 

Troubleshooting Essentials Every Hearing Aid User Should Be Aware Of

“My hearing aids don’t aren’t clear or loud enough.”

“My device is whistling.”

“I’m getting unclear, distorted sounds from my device.”

“My hearing aid is performing inconsistently.”

If you use an assisted hearing device, you might expect to be faced with such concerns or any other issues related to the function or performance of your device at some point of time.

In general, the very first thing that comes to your mind when you’re bothered by the function of your hearing aid is to call your audiologist for an appointment.   Continue reading “Troubleshooting Essentials Every Hearing Aid User Should Be Aware Of”

Improving the Life of a Hearing Impaired Child at School

Hearing loss can put a school age child in a completely challenging situation. Performing classroom activities, learning new things, communicating with teachers and other children in class can be far more difficult for a hearing impaired child than other kids.

However, with the right support system and a well-though out education plan, the affected child can not only learn things without difficulties but excel in school.

Here are a few things that will make sure your child thrive at school despite his/her hearing impairment. Continue reading “Improving the Life of a Hearing Impaired Child at School”

Should Hearing Loss Be Blamed for Your Poor Psychosocial Health?

Hearing loss is not just the inability to hear your loved ones, enjoy your favourite TV shows or listen to your favourite music. If left untreated, the condition may put a lot more at stake than just your hearing ability and health.

Several recent research and studies show strong links between hearing loss and mental health. It’s been proved that untreated hearing loss certainly has a profound effect on the sufferer’s cognitive state, resulting in social isolation, depression, loneliness and anxiety. Continue reading “Should Hearing Loss Be Blamed for Your Poor Psychosocial Health?”

Making a Safe Purchase with These Considerations for Buying Hearing Aids Online

There’s no denying that investing in quality hearing aids can be expensive. But it doesn’t necessarily mean, online suppliers and dealers offering cheap hearing aids are all shady and deceitful.

In fact, buying hearing aids online doesn’t have to be a challenging or disadvantageous if you have a few imperative considerations at your fingertips while shopping online.

So, what are these considerations? Let’s take a look Continue reading “Making a Safe Purchase with These Considerations for Buying Hearing Aids Online”

Practical Ways You Can Improve Communication for the Hearing Aid Wearer Around You

Life is full of challenges and it doesn’t get any easier for the hard of hearing. Communication with and to a hearing impaired person comes so difficult.

Though hearing aids like Starkey and Phonak hearing aids have been a godsend to the hard of hearing, the advanced hearing device alone would not successfully help the wearer in all listening situations and environments. People around them need to be generous and caring enough too. Continue reading “Practical Ways You Can Improve Communication for the Hearing Aid Wearer Around You”