As the holidays approach, social gatherings, entertainment, and time with family become far more prominent. This time of year is about connecting with what helps you embrace and celebrate the holidays, but it’s difficult to do that with a hearing impairment or other communication issues. And it’s not just the person with the hearing impairment who is affected by the loss; it’s their loved ones and friends, too.
To help everyone who has a hearing impairment in the Greater Warrenton and Upper Piedmont area, we at Fauquier Hearing Servies have our five favorite tips for hearing happy this holiday season.
1. Work out your ears — and your brain. Research shows that musicians are better able to pick out voices amid background noise than people who don’t play music, but it is possible for anyone to learn these skills. The listener’s natural inclination is to pay attention to fluctuations of notes, which improves some aspects of hearing and helps to differentiate certain vocal tones from other sounds. Just be careful with the volume setting when listening to music on earbuds, and listen to music at an acceptable level.
2. Dine strategically. Don’t let fear of hearing loss disrupt your social skills; loss of consistent communication with others affects hearing, but remaining social sharpens those skills. Don’t be afraid to remind family that you have difficulty hearing. Try sitting at the end of the table so there are fewer conversations to follow. If possible, dining in a smaller group would also help a listener focus in on a conversation.
3. Have your hearing aids serviced. Make an appointment to get your hearing equipment checked and cleaned prior to gatherings. Often small adjustments or software installations can make a difference in how you hear.
4. Pack your accessories. If there’s no time to schedule a cleaning prior to your holiday gathering, packing extra batteries, a cleaning kit for your aids, or even an extra set of hearing aids is a great idea just for staying prepared.
5. Consider investing in new technology. If you were fit for your hearing aids a few years ago, there may be a much more advanced option available now. Even a base model today may offer significant improvements in acoustics and features over higher-end models from 4 years ago. These advances can make a huge difference in people’s lives without putting pressure on their wallets.
For more information on improving your hearing for the holidays, contact Fauquier Hearing Services at 540-724-0086.
About Fauquier Hearing Services – FHS is a full-service, independently owned audiology practice proud to be bringing better hearing to the people of Warrenton and the surrounding areas of the Upper Piedmont in Virginia for 17 years. From our Warrenton location, our AudigyCertified™ hearing care practice has helped thousands of patients with their hearing, and tinnitus — and offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and expert fitting of hearing technology.