The holidays are upon us, and for many, that means an increase in social gatherings. Whether it’s family get-togethers or a visit to the Dickens’ Festival, this is the season for spending quality time with those we love.  While these gatherings bring much joy, they can also be stressful. This is especially true if you have hearing loss.

If you are worried about how your hearing loss might affect your holidays, try incorporating a few of these tips to ease your stress.

Be Proactive About Your Hearing Health

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Hopefully, you are already having regular checkups every six months to a year with your audiologist. Doing so allows you to communicate any issues you are having with your hearing aids and gives your audiologist the chance to make needed adjustments. This maximizes your hearing capability, which gives you more confidence when you interact with others. If you are due for a checkup, call and make an appointment today.

Additionally, make sure to bring your hearing aids and any other assistive listening devices with you to holiday events. Bring extra batteries or make sure to charge your hearing aids before going out if you use a rechargeable device. Continue to follow a nightly cleaning schedule for your hearing aids.

Doing these things will give you peace of mind that your device is performing well and can offer you the most benefit as you celebrate the holidays with others.

Use Communication Strategies

Even with the use of hearing aids and other assistive devices, there may still be situations where it is difficult to hear. Using these communications strategies can help you follow conversations and communicate better.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask someone to repeat what they said or clarify if you didn’t catch it the first time.
  • Let the person (or persons) you are talking with know that it can be a bit harder for you to hear.
  • Ask the person you are talking to you to face you and to avoid covering their mouth as they speak. This will make it easier for you to lipread.
  • If you are in a larger group, try to stay close to the person (or persons) you most want to talk to at that moment.
  • Keep a pen and paper or some other writing device in case you are really struggling to understand.

Above all else try to be patient with yourself. Socializing when you have hearing loss automatically means more work for your brain than someone with no hearing loss. It’s perfectly normal to feel frustrated or to get tired. Take breaks when you can. Learn to appreciate moments of silence as a way to recharge.

If you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment, call the experts at Bountiful Hearing Center today.