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Tips For Managing Hearing Loss During Holiday Gatherings

There are simple things that can help.

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Whether you or a loved one has hearing loss, there are simple things that can be done to make sure no one misses out on the sounds of the season: 

How to help a loved one with hearing loss at holiday gatherings 

  • Before you start talking, make sure you have the person’s attention. 
  • Make sure you’re in the same room – don’t try talking from another room. 
  • Many people with hearing loss rely on lip reading, so make sure they can clearly see your face. 
  • When asked to repeat something, try rephrasing what you said. Sometimes a word or phrase is missed because the word or sound falls in a range the person has trouble hearing (even when wearing hearing aids). 
  • Slow down and speak clearly – don’t shout! 

How to manage your hearing loss at holiday gatherings 

  • Be sure you’re consistently wearing your hearing aids so you’re used to them, this will help large gatherings and parties sound more natural. 
  • Remember it’s okay to take breaks. Listening in noisy environments can be hard and even tiring. 
  • Seek out quiet spots where you can have small group or one-on-one conversations. 
  • If comfortable doing so, let the host know you  have hearing loss so they can help you navigate  the gathering. 
  • To manage the noise, adjust your hearing aids to a comfortable volume or use a noise program if your hearing aids have one. Resist the temptation to take them off – remember parties are loud for everyone! 

A quick, simple hearing test. An online hearing test can tell you how well you or your family member are hearing and whether you should schedule an in-person hearing test with a local hearing provider.  

Click here to take a FREE hearing test from the comfort of home. Visit today. 

DISCLAIMER: The online hearing test is not intended to act as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider with any question about a medical condition.   

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