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The holidays are coming up soon, and big family gatherings and meals in crowded restaurants can prove particularly difficult for people with hearing loss. Everybody is conversing loudly and at the same time.

It becomes even more difficult for individuals who have hearing loss when you add other noises like background music, chairs scraping, and dishes clattering. If you have a hard time hearing from one or both ears, or you use a hearing aid, there are a few steps you can take to make these big, noisy gatherings more enjoyable for you and your family.

Talk to Your Loved Ones First

It is crucial that you talk about your hearing loss with your family members before a big meal, so they can make adjustments to help you cope with the background noise. They can then explain it to their children and other family members, so everyone will know, for example, to try and look at you when they are talking. It will make the meal much more enjoyable for everybody even if the conversation is a bit difficult.

Sit in The Center of The Table

Sometimes, it’s tradition to sit at a certain place at the table, but the best spot to sit if you want to have an easier time hearing conversation isn’t at the head or near the end of the table, it’s in the middle. If you are in the middle of the table, you likely won’t have to strain as much to hear what people are saying. Make sure you speak up and let your family know if there is a spot at the table that’s best for you.

Ask That The Music be Turned Down

Background noise poses a major challenge for people with hearing loss because it is hard for their ears to filter out this noise and concentrate on speech. If you are at a family gathering, ask that the music is turned off or set at a very low background level. At restaurants, try to sit away from the kitchen and the speakers.

Think About New Technologies

If you don’t already have them, consider investing in directional microphones or an FM system. Voices you want to hear are amplified and you can isolate background noise by facing away from it using these technologies.

Attempting to Bluff Your Way Through Isn’t Good Plan

Your family members won’t know you’re struggling to hear if you don’t inform them. A family get-together is a time for celebration, and your hearing loss should never prevent you from getting in on the fun. If there are adjustments needed mid-meal, your loved ones will be happy to give you a hand.

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