Christmas is a time for spending time with loved ones and spreading good cheer. But for those with hearing loss who struggle to understand group conversations, large gatherings can be daunting and isolating. This sense of isolation is very common, especially around the festive season.
There are ways of improving these tricky situations, however. We asked the We’re All Ears community for their tips for dealing with hearing loss at Christmas events, and they came up with some great advice!
1. I tell people I am hearing impaired. It is amazing how many people admit they are too. So we joke about it and get on with it. I tell people to sit on my good side and my hubby on my bad side and that works well. – Thea M.
2. I turn my aids down and focus on one person at a time. – Karyn L.
3. I tell everyone I have CI and hearing aids, it is up to them to help include me. They do forget! I do try to sit with what I call my good ear to the group. – Alison H.
4. Some may say having hearing loss is actually a bonus! Sometimes it can be. At a party gathering I usually walk around and talk one on one so I focus on one person at a time and read their lips as I talk to them. – Steve K
5. It can be really frustrating trying to hear speech in group gatherings. I just grin and bare it and focus on one person at a time. – Leslie R.
6. I enjoy my hearing loss at big family gatherings 😉 – Aven V.