Take action in time for Christmas
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.