You’ve finalized the menu and guest list, but have you figured out how to help loved ones with hearing loss have a fun and festive time?
Bringing comfort and joy to them is easy when you follow these tips for a happy holiday that’s also hearing-loss-friendly.
Make It a Multi-Room Event
Spread out the get-together to create different noise zones. Designate a space for football fans to cheer on their team together or create a playroom area for the kids. For guests with hearing loss, make sure quieter spaces are available for catching up.
Create a Seating Chart
Seat loved ones wearing hearing devices as far away from the kitchen as possible, where loud noises can occur. Their location should also let them see everyone’s faces to help with reading lips, so place them at the end of the table. Dining at a round table? Every seat is a good one for people with hearing loss.
Design the Perfect Dining Experience
Clear sightlines, minimal background noise, and ample lighting allow guests with hearing loss to see and hear more, as well as use techniques like lip-reading. You’ll also want to lower the music volume, switch off the TV, and remove any tall centerpieces and candles from the table before mealtime.
Pay Extra Attention
Hosting can be time-consuming, but try to keep tabs on your guests with hearing loss. Take a moment to chat with them or encourage other family members to do so, preferably in a quiet place.
Plan on attending a holiday event and think you may have hearing loss? Don’t miss a moment of the most wonderful time of the year—schedule an evaluation at Hearing Focused today at (262) 679-8888. We offer custom ear protection, thorough audiological testing, new hearing aids, and counseling for total patient satisfaction.
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2 Hear Well. (n.d.). Myths and facts. https://www.hearing.org/myths-facts/