Too often, people with hearing loss withdraw socially and experience sadness—even symptoms of depression—during the holidays.
If you’re hosting a holiday party or Thanksgiving this year, consider these 4 tips to help ensure that your friends and family stay involved in the festivities:
- Be attentive:
Stay vigilantif you see that a family member or friend is quiet at a holiday dinneror party. Maybe they’re having trouble hearing and need your help inbringing them back into the conversation.
- Turn down the volume:
Loud backgroundmusic or the roar of the TV can make it especially hard to hear atthe dinner table.
- Speak clearly: Do
your bestto speak slowly and at a comfortable volume without mumbling or slurringyour words. Project your voice, but don’t shout. It’s best notto chew gum, smoke, or put your hands to your face while speaking. Also avoid Interrupting, which makes it harder to follow a conversation.
- Face the person: Facing
the personyou are speaking with makes it easier for them to hear the words butalso to see your mouth and facial expressions. It’s also a good idea toget their attention before speaking by saying their name or gently touchingtheir hand, arm, or shoulder.
To make an appointment with the Hearing Doctors, call us at 630.752.9505.