As Thanksgiving is coming up, you might be filled with dread. Hearing loss can make social gatherings complicated and frustrating. You might be tempted to skip out.
Hearing loss is complicated and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying family and friends (or delicious food). In fact, it shouldn’t! We think we can help.
Here a few tips to help you navigate Thanksgiving this year.
1. Avoid background music.
Music is great to avoid awkward silences and keep conversations going. But for people with hearing loss, it only makes it more difficult to hear conversations around you.
If you’re the host, it’s pretty simple: don’t play any music. If someone else is hosting, maybe suggest they turn the music off. Don’t be afraid to explain your reasoning and that you can hear better without it. There might be someone else who thinks the same but is afraid to speak up.
2. Be aware of where you’re sitting in the room or at the table.
Finding yourself in a noisy situation can be frustrating. If conversations are happening loudly all around you, you might just want to sneak out to get away.
Instead of being in the middle of everything, try finding a seat at the table toward the end, where there is less noise and a better chance for you to hear the conversation. If you’re in a crowded room, consider positioning yourself with your back to the noise. Your hearing aids can work better when the conversation you want to hear is right in front of you.
Whatever you do, try not to seclude yourself from the festivities. Just be aware of where you are in a room or with a crowd of people, and take every effort to make it work to your advantage.
3. Communicate with those you’re with.
Hearing loss might not be your favorite thing to talk about, but letting people know it’s something you experience could be incredibly helpful.
If someone else is hosting Thanksgiving this year, let them know where you’d like to sit at the table so you can hear best. Advise them on how distracting and frustrating background music can be for you.
The people you call family and friends are typically the ones who care about you most. Don’t be afraid to tell them what would be helpful for you.
Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Use these three tips to help you enjoy your holiday with those you love.
If you think that you need to do more to treat your hearing loss, we would love to help. We want to see every person thrive, and treating hearing loss is one step in the right direction. You can call us at 215-855-4217. Feel free to ask us any questions and discuss making an appointment. We would love to hear from you!