I love the Christmas season when there are more opportunities than usual to meet up with  friends and family and to get in touch with people I may not see all year round. It is also the time of year when I have to prepare for being in very noisy situations, from restaurants and cafes, busy shopping centres and even around the dinner table in Christmas Day itself.

These  are a few tips  that help me stay involved and a part of the festivities and I hope they may help you or someone you know who may struggle to hear.

  1. I make  sure my hearing aids are working well and have plenty of batteries to hand. I also keep some in the car and in a small holder attached to my key ring. That way I don’t get caught out if I am away from home.
  1. I remind  those around me that I can’t hear very well as I people quickly forget. I position myself where I have the best chance of hearing and as far away from loud noise as possible. I am finding now that my friends are actually grateful to remove themselves from the main noisy hub also so we can have a proper conversation.
  1. At the dinner table I choose my seat, wherever possible,  to give me the best chance of hearing those beside me. I often ask for things to be repeated so I stay involved but I also expect to laugh off the times I get things completely wrong. It’s so important to keep a sense of humour and nobody minds!
  1. Turn off the mobile phones for a while, especially at mealtimes. Whilst this is hard for many to do it makes everyone more sociable and engaged in the moment. Eye contact is a big help when you struggle to hear and have to lipread. 
  1. I give myself some quiet time, short breaks away from the noises concentrating on conversation in loud places is very tiring. I walk the dog which gets me some fresh air too, even if it is just around the block, but a quick nap on the sofa or read of a book in a quiet corner may suit some people better!

I try not to turn down invitations to meet up with people but I plan ahead as to what the challenges to my hearing well might be. I am also aware when others in a group look like they are not engaging or finding it hard to join in, especially if I know they struggle to hear too. I let them know I understand how they feel and make sure they  knows the content of what  everyone is talking about.

Connection with people is a basic human need and this time of year is when people can feel more lonely and isolated. If you have difficulty hearing, you can feel very alone even in a crowd. So bear that in mind this Christmas and reach out to those around you. 

Keep the  conversation going and I wish you Happy Hearing this Christmas. 

By |2018-12-19T11:55:19+01:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: Aston Hearing|0 Comments

About the Author:

Michael joined Aston Hearing in February 2017, starting out on reception and then progressing onto the marketing team. As well as working on the marketing team, Michael works with our partners to make sure the right artwork is given to them for publications and festivals. In 2018 Michael has attained a new job role which involves keeping an eye on the repairs which go out of house, keeping tabs on where they are and making sure that clients are kept up-to-date, offering additional support where needed. As well as working on in-house repairs, Michael has become well known for his technological knowledge which allows him to support clients with any connectivity issues they may experience with their hearing aids. Outside of work Michael is passionate about wildlife photography and music.

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