Tis the season for crowds of family and friends getting together, chatting, laughing and watching your favourite festive TV shows. But for those who suffer from a hearing loss, things may not be as jolly as it for the rest of us.
Think of those sounds you hear around the festive period that hold a sentimental feeling for you; it could be the jingling of bells as your front door opens, or the crackling of the fire on a cold winter’s night or even just your favourite carol playing in the background.
Whichever sound it is for you, missing them at Christmas can have a significant impact on a person with a hearing impairment, and it’s important to realise the stress this may cause those whose hearing is not what it should be during the festive season.
What can you do?
If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with a hearing loss or you suspect they may be suffering from a hearing loss, it may be hard to relate to how they’re feeling.
Here are a few things you can do to make their Christmas a little bit easier this year:
– Be aware: try and keep in mind that your loved one may not be able to keep up with conversation, try to adapt your speed or volume level to be more suitable for them.
– Reduce background noise: switching the TV off when no one is watching it can help reduce added noise or turning the volume down on the Christmas carols so they’re not fighting to hear over the top.
– Don’t dim the lights: as much as we all love that magical ambience of having just the Christmas tree lights sparkling and few candles here and there, having such low light levels can cause difficulty for a person hard of hearing trying to lip read.
– Talk to them: be open to conversation with them about their hearing loss. If undiagnosed, they may be in denial, but a genuine conversation from a loved one might be appreciated. Find out what you can do to help them enjoy the big day by simply asking.
Don’t miss those special sounds
11 million people are living with hearing loss across the UK, with national charity Action on Hearing Loss estimating that number to rise to around 15.6 million people by 2035.
Struggling to hear in social situations is something those hard of hearing can come to dread: it tires you out and can leave you feeling disorientated – and no one wants to miss out on those excitable squeals the children let out when they see the presents under the tree.
If you find yourself repeating sentences, raising your voice or continually being asked to turn the volume up, it may be a sign that your loved one is suffering from hearing loss.
Taking the first step is the hardest but a few words of encouragement from a friend or family member can make all the difference.
Take the first step
The Hearing Care Partnership’s expert audiologists will provide you with personalised care and service, using the latest technology and equipment to help you to live your life to the full this Christmas. Your free hearing test will include a free hearing aid demonstration to help show the difference that a hearing aid can make to those with a hearing loss.
Book a free hearing test online today with The Hearing Care Partnership or call them on 0800 52 00 546.