I t’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least, it’s supposed to be.
Your holiday season probably looks a lot like ours: holiday parties, reuniting with family, celebrations, and gifts. To put it simply, it’s the busiest time of the year. Hearing loss doesn’t make the craziness any easier.
To put it simply, it’s the busiest time of the year. Hearing loss doesn’t make the craziness any easier.
Being able to enjoy the holidays with those you love is important. As important as it is to give gifts and enjoy great company, it’s incredibly important to take care of yourself. That means paying attention to your hearing loss and managing it the best you can.
We want to help you have the best holiday season yet. We have a few tips that we think will make it possible.
Ask yourself if treating your hearing loss will make a difference.
Figure out what you can do to communicate better.
Check your devices.
Make sure you have batteries.
1. Ask yourself if treating your hearing loss will make a difference.
Maybe you hadn’t considered it before, but your hearing loss could be part of the reason you haven’t enjoyed holidays in the past. It’s pretty frustrating trying to have a conversation when you can’t hear everything the other person is saying.
Imagine how enjoyable it would be if your hearing loss didn’t stand in the way.
It doesn’t have to. The least you can do is make an appointment with an audiologist. They can help you determine if hearing aids will make a difference.
2. Figure out what you can do to communicate better.
Regardless if you have hearing aids, it’s possible to communicate well if you put in the effort. It might be helpful to tell the host of a party that loud music or other background noise makes it really difficult for you to hear conversations. When you voice what would be helpful for you, people will most likely try to accommodate you.
In the meantime, use these tips to work around a loud environment:
- Turn your back to the majority of the noise so you can hear what’s happening in front of you.
- Tell those you are with that they need to speak up and speak clearly.
- Most importantly, try not to isolate yourself.
We can bet that the people you’re with will do their best to make you feel like you’re part of the conversation.
3. Check your devices.
We’re sure you check your hearing aids on a daily basis if you have them, especially if you remove them to sleep, shower, or exercise. But it’s easy to get out of the habit of making sure everything looks good.
Now is a great time to have your devices looked over. There might be a small repair you’ve been putting off or the device itself needs to be adjusted so you can hear even better. Take a look at your devices the next time you take them off. If something needs to be looked2 at, we’re always here to help you if you can’t fix it on your own.
4. Make sure you have batteries.
If your devices require replaceable batteries, it’s pretty easy to get new ones. We have a plethora of batteries to fit every hearing aid, and we’d like to make sure you have what you need so you can hear everything at your next holiday party.
Since not all devices need their batteries replaced, you should also have your devices checked to make sure their built-in battery power is sufficient.
The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year. We’d love to help you make that possible. Whether it’s through an initial appointment to check your hearing loss or adjusting your current hearing aids, together, we can manage your hearing loss so it doesn’t keep you from enjoying this incredible season of giving and cheer.
We’d love to get you in our offices before the end of the year. Give us a call at (215)855-4217!