Don’t Miss Out on Holiday Fun Because of Hearing Loss
Besides turkey, what do you think about when a person talks about Thanksgiving? Does the cooking and preparing with the family start days before? While you follow grandma’s famous pecan pie recipe, will you reminisce with each other? It’s warm and comfortable because you are together, and a delicious aroma is wafting from the oven. Will you be laughing while the family enjoys hearing about your son’s grades or listening to the grandkids laughing and playing. Or are you fighting to hear what everyone is saying?
Hearing loss doesn’t need to define the holiday season for you. From chatting over drinks at the company get together to hearing the salesperson over the loud holiday shoppers, you can take charge of how you enjoy the holidays this year. You don’t need to be held hostage by hearing loss. Consider some tricks that will help you to enjoy the holidays despite your hearing loss.
Those Holiday Get-Togethers
Get-togethers could be the most difficult for those with hearing loss. Here are some tips that will make the experience less stressful:
- Find areas in the room that have better acoustics–maybe a quiet corner.
- Your expectations have to be managed. It’s pointless going to a party and expecting everything to be perfect. Your hearing loss is going to make things more difficult. Just tackle it with a sense of humor and don’t allow the challenges to cause you stress.
- If there are any speakers which could interfere with your hearing aids, stand away from them. If the music is loud, ask someone to turn it down a little bit so you can hear better, too.
- Some of the background noise can be prevented if you stand with your back to a wall.
- Visual clues should be carefully noted. When someone is looking at you, they are most likely speaking to you. Let them know you didn’t hear what they said.
- Get a hearing buddy, a friend who sits with you who can repeat important things you missed.
- If you are listening to a speech, ask friends to pass you notes instead of attempting to whisper in your ear.
- Provide some visual cues of your own. Something as simple as cupping your hand behind your ear can tell someone you have difficulty hearing without you having to tell someone.
- So you can feel less alone, ask for a seat near the center of the table.
- Step out of the room every now and then. It will give your brain an opportunity to a rest.
Don’t permit the challenges of hearing loss to stop you from traveling. To make your holiday trip go smoother, try these tips.
Flying or Taking the Train
If you prefer to fly or take a train, it can be difficult to hear announcements over the intercom. If you want to make the trip smoother there are some things you can do. Start off by checking with the airport to see if they offer any special services for the hearing impaired. They could have special signs that visually show oral announcements or apps you can download on your phone to see track changes or other vital information. They could even offer a sign language interpreter or priority boarding. You can request priority seating if being close enough to ask questions or read lips. Security might have a special line that you can get in, also. Be sure to ask a few weeks early if you want to know what is offered.
Make sure the attendants are aware that you have hearing loss when you get on board. That way if you don’t reply when they ask about a drink, they will know to tap you on the shoulder to make sure.
If you are staying at a hotel, let them know you are hearing impaired when you make your reservation. Lots of resorts have rooms or devices available for those with hearing loss such as vibrating alarm clocks and phones which flash lights instead of ringing. Some spots have fire alarms that flash the lights, too, to improve your safety while you stay with them.
If You Are Traveling With Hearing Aids, Take These Essentials
If this is your first vacation with your hearing aids, you might not be sure what you need to take with you. Pack these essentials:
- Additional accessories
- Replacement batteries or a second charger
- A cleaning kit
Keep your hearing aids in as you go through security. You are not expected to take them out. You can keep them in during an air flight, also.
Finally, if you don’t have hearing aids, maybe it’s time. In the latest hearing aids, there are features that will eliminate background noise, enhance conversation while amplifying sound. The holidays come but once a year. Whether you have had hearing loss most of your life or are new to it, there is no reason the holidays shouldn’t be all that you remember. Schedule an appointment with your hearing care expert to learn what your hearing options are.