Are you ready to hear the sounds of Christmas?
It’s that time of year again. After a year of unexpected challenges, many of us are looking forward to the sounds of Christmas.
Simple pleasures like getting together with family and friends. Sharing a meal and catching up with our loved ones. These activities are often the highlight of the holiday season.
But Christmas time can be challenging for people with hearing loss.
Noisy environments can make hearing a struggle
Though most people love to celebrate, finding yourself in a noisier-than-usual environment can make conversations difficult.
Whether you’re celebrating in someone’s home or out at a restaurant, hearing the people speak over the din of background music and the sound many voices, is simply too much for some.
How to enjoy Christmas when you have a hearing loss
We have a few suggestions to help you enjoy your Christmas celebrations.
Check that your hearing aids are working well
Many hearing aids automatically adjust to a change in environment. Most also give you the option to adjust the settings yourself. But if you do need to have your hearing aids looked at, book in and see your hearing care specialist as early as possible.
Carry spare batteries – or charge-up before you leave home
If you already have hearing aids, make sure you have spare batteries handy. Or, if you have a rechargeable hearing aid, check that it’s fully charged before heading out to Christmas events. That way, you won’t be caught short.
Turn down the volume
If you have hearing loss, trying to hear conversations over “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” at full volume can be a challenge. If your Christmas party host likes to pump-up the volume, you might politely ask them to turn it down just a little. Same if you’re out at a restaurant. Hopefully, the restaurant manager will understand and accommodate your request.
Pick the best position to enjoy the party
Here are a few things to think about when you’re choosing your spot at the Christmas table.
- Sit in a position where you can see your speaker easily. The middle of the table is often a good place to sit. That way, you’re not too far from any of the speakers at the table.
- Avoid sitting near the kitchen. That can be really noisy.
- If you are wearing hearing aids, sit with your back to the noise. This will make it easier to hear the person in front of you. The latest hearing aids, like the Phonak Paradise and Moment from Widex both have advanced noise cancelling. This can make a huge difference to your ease of listening in an otherwise noisy room.
At the end of a big day of celebration, you’re going to be tired – but happy.
Let us help someone you love hear the sounds of Christmas this season
If you know someone that’s struggling to hear in family and social settings, now’s the time to take action. We can help get a solution organised before Christmas.
In most cases, we can test and fit new hearing devices within a week.
But don’t delay! Book now to avoid missing out.
Call us on 1300 017 732 to make an appointment for you or for a family member.
As an independent, family-owned hearing care clinic, you’ll also find we like to look after our clients and offer affordable and competitive prices on all our hearing solutions.