Take ac­tion in time for Christ­mas

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De­cem­ber is a time for fun and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion. In the run up to Christ­mas we see more peo­ple than we have through­out the rest of the year! For those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hear­ing loss, this can be some­thing of an an­nual night­mare, caus­ing a va­ri­ety of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is­sues.

Imag­ine dread­ing Christ­mas din­ner on a large ta­ble with 15 other peo­ple be­cause you won’t be able to hear what is be­ing said around you, or putting off plans with those you love dearly be­cause you just don’t want to em­bar­rass your­self or you find it too much of an ef­fort.

Your hear­ing loss af­fects your fam­ily

Iso­lat­ing your­self in this way means that your hear­ing loss can ac­tu­ally af­fect those around you. It is hard for some­one with un­treated hear­ing loss to stay in touch with their fam­ily, as com­mu­ni­cat­ing on the phone can be dif­fi­cult. Other fam­ily mem­bers may also be­come frus­trated if their par­ent ig­nores sug­ges­tions to seek help.

Chil­dren gen­er­ally have higher pitched voices, mak­ing it even harder for peo­ple who are hard of hear­ing to un­der­stand them. Very young chil­dren are un­able to un­der­stand the con­cept of hear­ing loss, and are there­fore less likely to make a spe­cial ef­fort to com­mu­ni­cate. This can un­for­tu­nately pre­vent a close re­la­tion­ship de­vel­op­ing be­tween grand­par­ent and grand­child.

Hear­ing aids can dra­mat­i­cally im­prove your ex­pe­ri­ence

One in six peo­ple in the UK have a hear­ing loss but nowhere near that amount act to im­prove their hear­ing. Hear­ing aids can make such a dif­fer­ence to some­one’s qual­ity of life at this time of year, and as tech­nol­ogy im­proves they are much smaller and more dis­creet than they ever used to be and packed full of amaz­ing fea­tures that will help dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod.

Fea­tures such as di­rec­tional mi­cro­phones work to re­duce the amount of noise al­lowed to en­ter your hear­ing aids. In noisy en­vi­ron­ments, like at a Christ­mas party, the sys­tem will work to pick up the least amount of noise. If the noise is lo­cated be­hind you, your di­rec­tional mi­cro­phones will adapt to pick up sound from in front of you and dampen noise from be­hind you.

If you or some­one you know is strug­gling with hear­ing prob­lems, don’t strug­gle through an­other fes­tive sea­son. Hear­ing aids can make your life a lot eas­ier and they will go a long way to­wards con­nect­ing with the peo­ple you love most this Christ­mas.

I urge you to make this the year that you take the first step to­wards bet­ter hear­ing and book a hear­ing test.

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