The holiday season often brings togetherness, celebration, and festivities, but for hearing aid users it can also mean navigating background noise, music, and loud conversations. With some planning and practical tips, hearing aid users can fully participate in the merriment of the season. This blog post will provide useful advice on how to optimise hearing aid settings, reduce background noise and communicate clearly at noisy social events.
By implementing these helpful ideas, those with hearing loss can feel more connected, independent, and joyful this time of year.
Tips For Hearing During Christmas
Hearing Aid Cleaning and Maintenance
During the holiday season, you’ll find that a few simple cleaning and maintenance steps can significantly improve the performance of your hearing aids:
- Wipe them regularly with a dry cloth to prevent wax build-up.
- Cold weather can cause condensation, so consider using a dehumidifier, dry box or capsule overnight.
- Watch your battery life too, as they can drain faster in the cold. It’s a good idea to keep spare batteries or your charger handy.
- Finally, getting your hearing aids professionally serviced before Christmas can save any last-minute stress.
These steps will keep your hearing aids in top shape, ensuring you don’t miss a single jingle bell or joyful carol during this festive period.
Social Interaction Strategies
Lip reading can be a game-changer for people with hearing loss in challenging listening situations, so try to position yourself in a place where you can clearly see people’s faces. Pay attention to facial expressions and body language, they’ll give you additional clues about the conversation.
Most modern digital hearing aids come with smartphone apps designed to assist in hearing. These can feature simple sound amplifiers which be used to filter out background noise and enhance speech.
As a hearing aid user, you’ll find that educating your friends and family about your needs can significantly enhance your enjoyment of the holiday season. Communication is key, so let them know about the challenges you face and how they can help. For example, reducing background noise can make conversations easier for you to follow.
Don’t hesitate to let people know you’re using a hearing aid and may need them to speak a bit louder or slower. Remember, the goal is to enjoy Christmas, so don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.
Home Environment Adjustments
To make your Christmas celebrations more hearing-friendly, there are a few adjustments you can make at home.
When setting up your home for visitors, consider noise levels carefully. Turn off appliances that produce unwanted noise like fans, background music, or televisions when conversations occur. Also, arrange seating in a way that lets you clearly see guests’ faces to aid lip reading and ensure you have good lighting. Positioning furniture in a circle widens this sightline range compared to long straight rows. Tablecloths and curtains also help absorb excess sound in a room. Finally, provide a clear path to quieter spaces where hearing aid users can take breaks when needed. A bedroom or study with the door closed allows for relief from noise overload.
With some planning and adjustments at home, you can minimise the issues background noise causes for those wearing hearing aids. Implementing these changes helps gatherings become more comfortable and inclusive spaces where everyone can connect and celebrate.
Prepare By Wearing Hearing Aids Around the House
The weeks leading up to Christmas are often full of hustle and bustle around the house. From Christmas music playing to guests popping in, louder environments can catch hearing aid users off guard. By wearing your devices at home before gatherings ramp up, you can acquaint your brain with amplified seasonal sounds. This helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed by sudden noise increases later.
In the days before celebrations really begin, go about your normal routine while wearing hearing aids. Listen to the fridge hum, dishes clatter, and other daily household noises. Play some festive tunes or television specials in the background as well. Turn the volume to levels typical of lively parties so you learn how loud voices must speak over background noise. Get used to the sound of laughter, glasses clinking, and other merry sounds associated with the holidays.
Navigating Public Spaces
Heading out to bustling Christmas markets or noisy pub restaurants can be a challenge, but with a few strategies, you can navigate these public spaces with ease during the festive period.
First, take advantage of the accessibility services available. Many venues offer hearing loop systems that link directly to your hearing aid. Also, don’t be shy to inform staff about your hearing needs; they’re often more than willing to assist.
Using the advanced features on your hearing aid, such as directional microphones or noise reduction settings, can enhance your experience in crowded areas. And remember, positioning yourself away from loudspeakers and in well-lit areas can help you better engage in conversations.
Technology and Innovation
How can modern technology and innovative solutions enhance your hearing experience during the Christmas festivities? Here’s how:
- Smartphone Apps: Many hearing aids now sync with smartphone apps. These can let you adjust your device’s settings to better hear the festive music or family conversations.
- Hearing Aid Accessories: Investing in additional hearing aid accessories like a personal amplifier or microphone can make a world of difference when navigating noisy festive gatherings, allowing hearing aid users to truly embrace the holiday spirit.
- TV Streamers: If you’re watching a Christmas movie, a TV streamer can transmit the audio straight to your hearing aid, making it easier to follow along.
Remember to fully charge your hearing aids and carry spare batteries or your charger to ensure you don’t miss out on any festive fun!
Book a check-up at South East Hearing Care Centres
Before diving into the festive season, why not book a check-up at South East Hearing Care Centres to ensure your hearing aids are in top-notch condition?
Optimisation: Our hearing professionals will ensure that your hearing aids are optimised properly. This means they’ll adjust the settings to match the ambient noise levels of your festive gatherings.
Maintenance: They’ll also make sure your aids are in good working order. Any necessary repairs or servicing will be done promptly to prevent any hiccups during your holiday celebrations.
Advice: Lastly, they’ll provide tips and tricks for managing your hearing aids during the season, like how to handle them in cold weather or noisy environments.
Speak to our team today
Book an appointment today for expert advice on getting the most out of your hearing aids this festive period. As a network of independent hearing healthcare clinics across Sussex, we’re positioned to provide you with expert, impartial advice. Our aim is to make your holiday season memorable and inclusive.
Don’t hesitate to call us at our Horsham, Chichester, or Seaford hearing clinics, or drop us a line through our contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Troubleshoot Common Issues With My Hearing Aid During the Festive Period?
To troubleshoot common hearing aid issues, you’ll need to check your device’s settings, ensure it’s properly cleaned, and replace the batteries if needed. Don’t hesitate to consult your audiologist for further assistance.
Are There Any Holiday-Specific Hearing Aid Settings I Should Be Aware Of?
Yes, there are specific settings you can use during Christmas. Many hearing aids have customisable settings for noisy environments like parties. You’ll also find music settings helpful when enjoying festive tunes.
Are There Any Apps or Tech Tools That Could Enhance My Christmas Experience as a Hearing Aid User?
Tech can enhance your Christmas experience. Dedicated Apps for your hearing aids can help optimise settings. Also, using your hearing aid’s Bluetooth feature can help you enjoy music and TV shows more fully. There are also additional accessories you can purchase, such as table microphones, to help enhance speech.