Hear What Matters During the Holidays

This holiday season, what could be more important than sharing in a conversation with your family around the dinner table? Getting together with loved ones can be a very special moment, but between the football game playing in the other room, the clanging of silverware on plates, and the oven beeping, it can be hard to hear those close to you over all the noise.

If you’ve noticed that it’s more difficult to comprehend what’s spoken to you in a loud environment than it used to be, you’re not alone. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer from partial or total hearing loss, and an untold number are unaware or in denial of their damaged hearing. Admitting that your hearing has declined is the first step towards rehabilitation, and with the help of a hearing care professional and hearing aids, you can once again hear the important things in life.

What better gift is there than your hearing? It is easy to take for granted all of the amazing things our ears do for us, and unfortunately, most people don’t realize how important hearing protection is until it’s too late. Before you know it, holiday music sounds muddy, you miss instructions at home and at the office, and conversations quickly become frustrating. Left untreated, these annoyances can worsen and lead to severe depression, cognitive stress, and isolation. If you’ve noticed any of the most common signs and symptoms of hearing loss in your daily life, immediate treatment will have positive effects for both you and your family.

Today’s smart hearing aids make it so that any holiday party doesn’t have to be a hassle. By filtering out background noise and amplifying nearby speech sounds, you can stay focused on any conversation with ease. If you find that you need a little more assistance communicating with your family than your hearing aid can provide, however, here are some tips.

Be open about your concerns.

By letting everyone know that you may have a hard time hearing them, they will be more likely to speak clearly in your direction and understand that you may need to have some statements repeated.

Choose your seat wisely.

Avoid areas of the room that are particularly crowded. Try to listen for the quietest areas that are convenient for you and ask a partner if they wouldn’t mind keeping you updated on the conversations happening throughout the night.

Don’t get left in the dark.

If your host keeps the light in the room darker than you are comfortable with, ask if they can raise the brightness. Being able to see the lips of the person who is talking to you will make it much easier to comprehend what they are saying.

Whether you or someone you know is suffering from hearing loss, it’s important that you and your loved ones have their hearing evaluated and treated by a hearing care professional. This holiday season, we hope you take some time to appreciate your health and family, and think about how much the gift of better hearing can improve your life.

And if you’re looking for a gift for a loved one with hearing loss, we’ve got some great ideas.