The festive season is nearly here. It’s a wonderful time of celebration with friends and loved ones. For people with hearing loss though, parties and family gatherings can sometimes be a challenge. Don’t despair! There’s a lot you can do to make sure you have plenty of fun during this special time of the year.
If you wear hearing aids, now’s the time to have your hearing aids checked to make sure they’re in the best condition. If it’s been a while since we last saw you, you may also like to arrange an appointment in case your hearing has changed.
Don’t be afraid to let people know how they can help make a party or family gathering easier for you. If background noise is getting in the way of a conversation with someone, it’s OK to ask if you can go to a different place to talk. If loud music is playing, you could ask the host to turn it down. Most people are glad to have some guidance on how to best accommodate your needs so you can relax and enjoy the occasion.
We all know that large group conversations can be hard to follow when you’ve got hearing loss. Where possible, keep conversations one-on-one, or ask a partner or friend to help you keep track.
Watch where you stand or sit
Your placement in a room or at a table plays a large part in how easily you follow conversation. Ideally you’ll be able to see everyone as it will make it easier to lip read and monitor body language. If the situation doesn’t allow for that, try standing in front of a wall as sound quality is improved where the noises are all happening in front of you.
Invest in some handy products
There’s plenty of products that can help in large group settings. For example, some hearing aids may be better at reducing background noise than others which can make following a conversation in noisy situations easier. You may also wish to invest in an accessory such as the Roger pen which can be placed at a table close to the source you wish to listen in to. Check out our product section
to browse our range of aids, devices and accessories and price ranges to suit your needs and budget.
Relax and have fun!
Parties and large group gatherings can be draining when you have hearing loss. It’s easy to find yourself feeling stressed and anxious. Try to relax and take a break when you need to. A short, quiet stroll outside may be all you need to clear your mind so you can go back into the party refreshed and ready to enjoy the fun and excitement of the festive season.
Australian Hearing centres will be closed over Christmas and New Year from 3pm Monday 24 December 2018 and reopening on Monday 7 January 2019.
If you need emergency assistance while we are closed, you can call 1800 826 500 between 8:30am and 5pm EDST on 28 and 31 December 2018 and 2, 3 and 4 January 2019.