Don't let hearing loss take away the sounds of the seasonDon't let hearing loss take away the sounds of the season
For most people here in the U.S., the holiday season kicks off at the end of November. The days are shorter, there's a crispness to the air and whole neighborhoods compete to shine brightly after dark. Whatever you celebrate — Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa or the New Year — this time of the year is filled with opportunities to eat rich foods, take part in traditions and gather with family and friends.
What sounds are you missing?
The holidays are also a time when people with untreated hearing loss miss out on a lot of the most wonderful seasonal sounds, including:
If you've been considering getting a hearing test to see if you may need hearing aids, there is still time to do it before the holidays are in full swing. It takes a bit of time and a few visits to your hearing care professional but you will soon have your new hearing aids working to their fullest potential. You'll be thankful you didn't go one more holiday season without hearing well, and you'll be delighted by the holiday sounds you forgot you were missing.
Tips for better holiday listening
Whether you wear hearing aids or not, there are many things you can do to ease communication during gatherings with your family and friends. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your hearing ability this holiday season:
If you already wear hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices, be sure to stock up on batteries and visit your hearing care provider for a check and cleaning before the holidays so you're prepared. If you own hearing aids but they live in a drawer most of the time, the holidays are a great time to pull them out and put them on — wouldn't you like to hear those joyful "thank-yous" that get shouted across the room?