The holidays are only a few weeks away and there is so much to look forward to this season. For some, it’s baking cookies with their grandchildren or big celebrations with family and friends. Maybe for you, it’s going to a musical event like A Roaring Twenties Christmas. No matter how you celebrate the holidays it’s important that you get to experience all the sights and sounds you’ve been looking forward to all year.
Hearing Aids Make the Holidays Better
One of the most important sounds of the holidays is the conversation you have with your loved ones. Many of us use this time to reconnect with family and friends we haven’t seen in a while. If you have untreated hearing loss, you may worry that it might get in the way of conversing. Using hearing aids can help maintain your connection to others and let you feel confident and relaxed during big gatherings.
Hearing aids have been shown to improve social relationships and confidence when communicating with others. One study found that nearly 70% of participants with hearing loss reported their ability to communicate improved after using hearing aids. Additionally, 75% of participants reported that at least one area of their life was improved by using hearing aids.
More Tips to Connect This Holiday Season
While hearing aids are the best way to help you connect with others this holiday season, there are a few other tips for successful communication that you can try.
- Try to sit at the middle of the table for any holiday meals, so you can see everyone. Also try sitting away from any louder areas like the kitchen or the stereo if music is being played.
- Find a quieter place to talk. If the kitchen is loud, go with another family member in the living room to catch up as you enjoy the sound of a crackling fire. Or if you are staying somewhere with colder temperatures than Amarillo, go for a nice winter stroll together and enjoy the sound of snow crunching under your boots.
- Don’t be embarrassed to ask someone to repeat themselves or to look directly at you when they talk so it’s easier for you to understand what is being said. Your friends and family surely want to do all they can to help you as you celebrate together.
- Be patient with yourself and know it’s OK to take breaks. Sometimes the sound of silence can be a welcome holiday reprieve. Take a few minutes to regroup when you need to, so that you can be recharged and ready to connect with your family when you come back from your break.
To learn more about hearing your best this holiday season or to schedule an appointment with an expert, call Amarillo Hearing Clinic today.