The holidays are meant to be a joyful time with friends and loved ones, but celebrations and gatherings can end up being frustrating for those with hearing loss. Here are some tips from Dr. Booth that will hopefully make your holiday parties more enjoyable for everyone:
- Keep background noise to a minimum. While holiday music may add to the festive environment, it can also create communication difficulties for our those with hearing loss.
- A quiet space or designated room with no background noise can allow one or two people to sit with a family member with hearing loss and have important conversations. Guests can then take turns spending this valuable time with their loved one.
- Remind all family members that it’s best to speak slow and clear to help someone with hearing loss understand the conversation.
- Get your loved one’s attention before trying to communicate so that they can turn to look at you.
- Keep centerpiece decorations low at the dinner table so that those with hearing loss can see faces and read lips if needed.
If you are concerned about hearing your best at an upcoming family gathering, call Hear in Arizona to discuss options for support. If you’re already wearing hearing devices, a clean and check can help ensure they perform well for the next holiday party!