Holiday season is fast approaching. In fact, I’m sure many of you have already started (or even finished!) holiday-related errands.
During the holidays, it’s especially important to be mindful of those around you that may be struggling with their hearing. Whether they have acknowledged their problem or not, there are some ways for you and your family to make get-togethers a little easier for them.
Minimize background noise: You may enjoy having the TV or music on in the background during dinner. This makes it very difficult for people with hearing loss to focus on speech around them.
Make sure the lights are on and bright: Hard of hearing individuals focus heavily on watching your mouth and lip reading as you speak. It is also important to face the person you are speaking to.
Speak clearly and slowly: Taking extra time to annunciate your words clearly will take a lot of stress off of the person struggling to catch every word. If they still don’t catch what you said, consider rephrasing your sentence.
Have a 1 on 1 conversation: If you notice they are by themselves, looking isolated, try to communicate with them 1-on-1. They will be able to hear you a lot better without so many voices talking at once.
How do you help hard of hearing family members during the holidays? Let us know in the comments!