Holiday meals and family gatherings, parties and crowds, jingle bells and carols…the holidays should be a happy time but they can turn into an anxious time if you have difficulty hearing.
Being in the midst of noise and celebration but not hearing the conversations can lead to feeling isolated, frustrated or even angry.
What can you do to create a good hearing environment –for your holiday guest or even yourself? Here are some tips for holiday entertaining for the hard of hearing:
- DO arrange seating around a table or in a room so that the person can see those speaking. Also, keep the room well lit. It is easier to hear if you can see the speaker and hear at the same time.
- DO remember to catch the attention of the person you are speaking to, and speak face to face.
- DON’T expect they will hear you if you are in another room, or even standing behind them.
- DO talk slower and speak in a natural tone.
- DON’T over-enunciate or talk very loudly. Both of these distort the sound and actually make it harder to hear.
- DO choose quiet restaurants or corners for meals and conversation.
- DON’T play background music, the TV or have other noisy distractions in the room, if possible.
With family around, it’s often a good time to explore the possibilities with a loved one of having a hearing check. Advances in hearing aid technology provide many options that are invisible and customizable to suit your needs. A good hearing aid specialist can guide you through the evaluation and selection process.
Call the hearing specialists at SOUND CHOICE HEARING CENTER (317-292-9854) for more information about easing the holidays for the hearing impaired. Our friendly staff is eager to share our experience with you.