It’s that joyful time of year again, the holiday season. It’s time for families, friends and loved ones to come together. In all the planning and excitement, it can be easy to forget that this can actually be quite an isolating time for those who suffer a hearing loss.

Here at Clarity Hearing, we’ve come up with 5 ways your friends can help you this holiday season.

 

Be attentive 

If you spot a member of the party, standing back on their own, it may be that they’re struggling to hear and join in with the conversation. They may need your help to bring them back into the conversation and to get involved. It’s a small gesture, but it can make a real difference.

 

Keep the volume low

Keeping the background noise to a minimum can really help someone who is struggling to hear. By turning the volume down, you’re allowing everyone to join in with the conversations without struggling to hear guests over a loud TV or speaker.

 

Get my bad side

If a friend or relative has hearing affected more on one side, why not sit on their ‘bad’ side during dinner. That way, your friend doesn’t need to spend time worrying that they’ve not heard something another guest has said to them.

 

Lights on

Keep the room well lit. By doing this, you’re allowing those with limited hearing to get a good view of guests’ faces, should they need to lip read or see their expressions to understand fully.

 

Take a walk

For someone struggling to hear in a busy environment, an invitation for a quiet stroll, one on one, could be the icing on the cake. An opportunity for quiet, conversation where you both feel included might be just what the doctor ordered. It’s also a great way to get someone out of the house and to avoid feelings of isolation.

 

Finally, the perfect gift

If you have a loved one that is struggling with hearing loss, it is important to encourage them to seek help from a professional Audiologist. Sometimes, a little motivation is just what your friend or family member needs to help them take the first step towards better hearing health.

By getting in contact now with our experienced team of Audiologists in Houston, a friend or loved one could be getting the best gift this holiday season, the gift of hearing. With our range of hearing aids, our breadth of expertise and our recent huge breakthrough in our hearing aid technology, struggling to hear over the holidays could be a thing of the past.