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Is Your Hearing Christmas Ready?

3 Min read

19th Dec 2022

5 TIPS FOR MANAGING HEARING LOSS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Santa can’t bring you hearing, but Stratford Hearing Centre can

 

Christmas is the most magical time of the year, but it can also be the most challenging one for people with hearing loss. All the socialising around the festive season can bring up a lot of challenges which can make for an isolating or stressful experience if you can’t hear very well.

 

Seek out 1-to-1 interactions

Instead of trying to keep up with everyone at the same time over loud music, one-to-one conversations can help you enjoy the social interactions on your terms and with less stress. This can also give you the opportunity to have meaningful conversations with people you perhaps have not seen much during the year.

Best seat at the table

Where you sit at the table can impact how you hear. By sitting near a wall, you can block out excessive background noise behind you to help you hear the people at the table better.

 

Partner Up

If you’re attending an event on your own, see if you can find a friend, relative or colleague who can repeat or clarify things you may not have fully grasped. At dinner, seat yourself next to a person you have the least difficulty hearing or someone who usually clues you in on missed pieces of conversation.

Communicate your needs

Why not ask for help? Instead of nodding along with a conversation you have trouble following, be honest and ask your family to repeat what they said. And if you are a guest at someone else’s gathering, they’ll want you to have an enjoyable and entertaining time, it doesn’t hurt to let your host know in advance that you have hearing challenges and what they can do to make sure you’re able to keep up with the conversation. Such as lowering the volume on Christmas music or consider the lighting so you can engage with guests in a well-lit area so that you can read people’s lips and visual clues if necessary.

 

Get your hearing tested

Your hearing is not just for Christmas, it’s for life. Contact your nearest branch to book an Initial Assessment, let us help you enjoy the sound of this festive season and all the ones to come.

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Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon Director of Audiology

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