One of the best parts of the holidays is the extra time we get with our family and friends. Whether it’s people we see every day or family members that live on the other side of the country, the holidays give us time to slow down and reconnect.
If you have hearing loss, you may worry that your ability to socialize will be negatively impacted. Thankfully there are steps you can take to help communicate effectively and enjoy your favorite parts of the holidays, whether that’s family potlucks or trips to Holiday at the Arboretum.
Holiday Hearing Tips
- Communicate your hearing needs. Your family and friends want you to enjoy the holidays and get the most out of your interactions. If you need them to repeat themselves or rephrase, don’t be embarrassed to ask.
- Ask the person you are speaking with to face you and not cover their mouth when they speak. This will make it easier for you to practice your lipreading skills.
- If there is someone you’d especially like to catch up with in a big group, make sure to stay close to them so you are more likely to hear what they say.
- Have your partner or a close friend sit next to you at dinner to help catch you up on anything you might have missed.
- If one room or area is too loud, suggest moving to a quieter area with one or two people to spend some time catching up.
- Get your hearing aids checked out by your audiologist before you travel for the holidays to make sure they are working properly.
- Don’t forget to pack extra batteries or your charger.
- Bring something to store your hearing aids if you are traveling so that they don’t get lost.
- Bring a cloth or cleaning kit to maintain your cleaning routine while away. Hearing aids that aren’t properly cared for will not work as well.
- Be patient with yourself. All that socializing can be exhausting. Don’t feel bad if you have moments where you struggle or just need to take a break.
Treat Your Hearing Loss This Holiday Season
If you have hearing loss but have been hesitant to get it checked out, now may be the perfect time to finally schedule a hearing test. Even if you can’t get in before the holidays, treating your hearing loss means fewer missed moments throughout the rest of the year. People who use hearing aids report stronger relationships and more confidence in social interactions. Now is the time to take the next step in your hearing health journey.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call Total Hearing Care of Dallas today.