We are now officially in the fall season, meaning that Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Year’s Eve and other festive holidays are right around the corner. If you are experiencing hearing loss in Monterey in Salinas, CA, your excitement about bonding with family and friends is likely paired with anxiety about possibly not being able to hear everyone. Fortunately, there are many different things you can do to improve your overall holiday experience. Here is a closer look at some easy ways to enjoy the holidays when experiencing hearing loss:
- Tell your loved ones: If you love someone enough to want to spend the holidays with them, then chances are they love you enough to want to make things as positive as possible for you. Going into the holiday season, give your loved ones a heads up that you are experiencing hearing loss, ask them to keep that in mind when speaking with you and remind them to be prepared to repeat themselves from time to time.
- Target individual conversations: Obviously, your chances of hearing one person standing right next to you are much better than your chances of hearing an entire group of people talking at once. Before and after meals, try to get some one-on-one time with each of your loved ones, so that you can hear about how they are doing without having to worry about distractions. If you have a spouse or significant other, ask them to be on hand to help during these conversations.
- Favor your “good side”: Many hard of hearing people have stronger hearing in one ear than they do in the other. If this is the case for you, take advantage of your “good ear” when positioning yourself at the dinner table. Try to sit in an ideal spot when people will be talking into the strong ear, and explain to your companions that you need them to address you from that angle.
- Be specific: If you find yourself missing a crucial piece of conversation, it might be tempting to just butt in and say, “What?” But things will be less frustrating for both you and your loved ones if you try to be more specific. So instead of just saying, “What?” try saying something like, “I heard you start to talk about basketball, but I missed the part about how many points you scored. Could you please repeat that part?”
- Assistive listening devices: Not every hard of hearing person wishes to use an assistive listening device in their everyday life, and that is perfectly fine. But even if you have no use for a hearing aid on a daily basis, you might consider investing in one to use on special occasions. Remember, you can always test one out before making the commitment.
The team here at Valley Hearing Center would like to wish a happy holiday season to our patients who are experiencing hearing loss in Monterey in Salinas, CA. For more information about what we can do for you, please give us a call anytime.
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