Now that the holiday season is here, you want to be sure you are hearing your best when spending time with family and friends. Holiday parties, social gatherings, and family get-togethers can be frustrating and uncomfortable if you struggle to catch the conversation because of hearing loss.
Discover some useful tips on how you can improve your hearing for the holidays and feel reconnected to your family.
Make a Plan: One of the best ways to see success during the holiday season is to make a plan ahead of time. Most hosts will be happy to help you if you speak with them ahead of time about your hearing needs. Reserving a specific spot at the dinner table will ensure you can see everyone's faces and will make it easier for you to understand the conversation.
Reduce Background Noise: Background noise makes it harder for anyone to hear. Try to stay away from busy areas such as the kitchen. If the TV or music is too loud don't be afraid to ask to have them turned down.
Ask for Clarity: If you didn't catch something someone said to you ask them to repeat themselves. It's better to ask someone to repeat the information rather ignore them or to hear them incorrectly.
Make an Appointment: Before you plan on visiting your family or hosting a get together you should have your hearing checked, especially if it has been awhile. An up-to-date hearing evaluation will let you know where your hearing is at and if you need a readjustment to your hearing aids.
Wear Hearing Aids: If you have hearing aids, then you should wear them! Hearing aids will help you hear the conversation more clearly and be able to understand the conversation. They can also help reduce background noise, so you can focus on speaking to the person in front of you.
The holidays are a time for reconnecting with the people you love. Don't let hearing loss keep you from joining the conversation and enjoying the holiday season with your children. Try these tips and see if they make a difference at your next family gathering.
In addition to these tips, it's important to come in for regular hearing check-ups to ensure your hearing loss has not worsened. Annual hearing check-ups allows us to monitor your hearing and to help you by adjusting your hearing aids.
If it has been some time since you last had your hearing checked, or you want to come in before the holidays, then call us today. We would be happy to check your hearing, look at your hearing aids, and help you fully enjoy everything the holiday season has to offer.