Hearing loss impacts the way that we are able to communicate with others. While many of us are forthcoming about our struggles, there are even more who have yet to admit to themselves, or anyone else, that they are having difficulty hearing. If you find that your anxiety levels rise at the thought of spending holidays around others because of your hearing loss, here are a few simple ways that you can enjoy the holidays:
• Don't stress! Stress only makes matters worse. Instead, find a medium in which you feel comfortable conversing with others. Whether that is stepping aside from a large group of people to have more intimate conversations, or limiting your conversations to one-on-one.
• Stand directly in front of the person with whom you're speaking. This will allow you to direct your focus on them, as well as opening the door for you to be able to read their lips, should your loss require this.
• If you wear hearing aids, remember that reminding others of this will only be beneficial to you in the long run. Directing others not to scream when they're speaking is one way of avoiding an uncomfortable situation.
As always, Sonus is always here to help. If you feel that you would like to get your hearing in order before the holidays, give us a call at (888) 574-6776 to schedule a free hearing test* wherein we will be able to address your loss and address it before any family gatherings. If you are struggling with your current hearing aids, Sonus offers free clean and checks - you can request your appointment directly online here.
We wish everyone a very happy holiday season!
*This is not a medical exam and is intended for the purposes of amplification needs only. See location for complete details.