Hearing loss and the holidays

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:

  1. Be attentive: Stay vigilant if you see that a family member or friend is quiet at a holiday dinner or party. Maybe they’re having trouble hearing and need your help in bringing them back into the conversation.
  2. Turn down the volume: Loud background music or the roar of the TV can make it especially hard to hear at the dinner table.
  3. Speak clearly: Do your best to speak slowly and at a comfortable volume without mumbling or slurring your words.  Project your voice, but don’t shout. It’s best not to chew gum, smoke, or put your hands to your face while speaking. Also avoid Interrupting, which makes it harder to follow a conversation.
  4. Face the person: Facing the person you are speaking with makes it easier for them to hear the words but also to see your mouth and facial expressions. It’s also a good idea to get their attention before speaking by saying their name or gently touching their hand, arm, or shoulder.

To make an appointment with the Hearing Doctors, call us at 630.752.9505.

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