Hearing Loss Can Make for a Frustrating Holiday Season
Posted by Middle TN Hearing Aid Center on December 17, 2012
The sounds of the holidays, joyous music, lively conversation and family gatherings are a cherished part of every holiday season. If a loved one has trouble hearing in crowded, noisy situations or suffers any degree of hearing loss, the holidays may lose some of its luster.
A person with hearing loss symptoms may have difficulty hearing the higher pitched tones of women and children’s speech. Missing out on a grandchild’s recitation of a wish list, or not being able to contribute to a family conversation about holiday memories, can be frustrating for both the person suffering from hearing loss as well as family members who may not be aware of the hearing problem.
There are ways to help a loved one with hearing problems enjoy the holiday season. It takes observation, awareness and a healthy dose of patience. These communication skills are useful year round, but may be even more important when families and friends gather to celebrate.
• Be sure the person is paying attention before you speak.
• Speak face-to-face, never from a different room or from behind.
• Dimly lit conversations make it difficult to see facial expressions. Try to have conversations in areas with good lighting like a kitchen or near a window.
• While speaking, avoid activities like smoking or chewing that make lip reading difficult.
• Speak at a natural pace and volume level.
• Try to reduce background noise. Even people who wear hearing aids may have difficulty hearing in noisy situations.
The holidays often provide the perfect opportunity for a heartfelt family discussion about health concerns. Recognizing the causes and types of hearing loss can help pinpoint the problem and rule out other medical issues.
With the support of family, a person with hearing problems may be more able to accept the need to get hearing loss treatment and may be ready to take the first steps to better hearing by getting a hearing evaluation. What a great gift to give a loved one (or yourself) this holiday season!
Avoid unnecessary frustrations this holiday season. Make your appointment by simply visiting our Contact Us page to request a free hearing test. We look forward to helping make your season free from struggles with hearing loss and full of joy.