The holidays can be a tough time for people who are hard of hearing, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips for making the holidays fun and entertaining, and not letting your hearing loss affect it.
Remind your friends and family of your hearing loss.
Don’t be afraid to give them a little reminder that you need them to speak up. This doesn’t mean that you have to announce it to the entire room, but some may have forgotten, so don’t be afraid to speak up and ask them if they can speak a little louder. You shouldn’t have to miss out on any conversation because of your hearing loss!
Choose a seat on your “better side.”
Do you hear better on one side? If you do, choose a seat in the room where the majority of people are on your better side, making it easier to hear them. Pick your seat so that you can see the most people, making eye contact and reading lips will help you understand better.
Find a buddy.
Sit with someone who you can understand easily and who would be willing to help fill you in on parts of the conversation that you may have missed. If you can’t think of anyone right away, just ask people! You may be surprised by how many people would be willing to help you out, especially during the giving holiday season!
The holidays can be a stressful time with organizing events and picking out gifts, don’t let your hearing loss get in the way of enjoying every part of family get togethers!