The Christmas season is supposed to be a joyful and celebratory time, however for people with hearing loss, it can be overwhelming and exhausting. This is as Christmas celebrations often involve noisy environments, loud carols, and multiple conversations at once. This can make it challenging for people with hearing loss to keep up and feel included in the celebrations, which can then lead to them feeling drained from socialising. However, hearing loss doesn’t have to get in the way of you enjoying the Christmas festivities. Here are some simple tips on how to make the most of Christmas regardless of your hearing loss.
Tips on how to enjoy the Christmas season with hearing loss
Position yourself well
Communication is key for allowing others to be considerate of your hearing loss, and this is particularly true in the case of Christmas parties. Prior to the event, let your host know about your hearing loss so that you can work together to make it an enjoyable night for all. If it is a seated dinner, let your host know that you would like to be seated away from loud noises such as speakers or the television, as background noise is your worst enemy. It is also a good idea to be seated with a wall behind you, as this will help block background noise.
Converse with nearby friends
Refrain from attempting to sustain conversations across the table or over long distances, as this will place unnecessary pressure on yourself. This can also lead to the all too familiar reaction of simply nodding along or laughing, even if you do not understand what someone is saying. Instead, be honest with others if you are having trouble hearing so that they can accommodate your needs. Similarly, if you would like to speak to a friend, move closer to them or ask them to move to a quieter spot so that you can dedicate your full attention to the conversation.
Take a break
For some, the Christmas season means non-stop celebrations, so do not be afraid to give yourself a break from the hubbub. Clear your head by spending a few minutes outdoors or in a quiet room; this will give your ears and brain a chance to rest and allow you to gather the energy required to continue socialising.
Visit your audiologist at The Art of Hearing
Make sure to book an appointment with your audiologist before the Christmas season for a regular hearing assessment. This will ensure that your preferred hearing solution is functioning properly, allowing you to make the most of the Christmas season. At The Art of Hearing, our expert audiologists are passionate about ensuring your hearing solution fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. To book your next hearing assessment, contact The Art of Hearing through our website or by calling (08) 9390 8811.