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The holidays are coming up soon, and large family get-togethers and meals in crowded restaurants can be particularly difficult for people with hearing loss. Everybody is conversing loudly and at the same time.

Combine that with the clattering of dishes, scraping of chairs, and background music, and you have a scenario in which it is hard for individuals with hearing loss to enjoy themselves. There are a few ways you can make these loud gatherings more enjoyable for you and your family if you have a tough time hearing out of one or both ears or if you wear a hearing aid.

Talk to Your Loved Ones First

It is crucial that you talk about your hearing loss with your family before a big meal, so they can make adjustments to help you deal with the background noise. Your family can then do the things that will make communicating easier like looking at you when they talk. It might seem like an uncomfortable discussion to have, but it makes the meal a lot more enjoyable for everyone when you can actively participate.

When You Sit at The Table, Pick a Spot Near The Middle

In some cases, it’s tradition to sit at a particular spot at the table, but the best place to sit if you want to have an easier time hearing conversation isn’t at the head or near the end of the table, it’s near the middle. You will not have as hard of a time hearing conversations from the middle of the table. If there is a spot at the table you know is best for you, don’t hesitate to tell your family your preference.

Request a Lower Music Volume

Background noise can be a significant problem for individuals with hearing loss because it is hard for their ears to filter out this noise and concentrate on speech. Ask your family to turn the music off or at least decrease the volume. If you’re in a restaurant, ask to be seated as far away from speakers as possible and away from noisy places, like near the kitchen, where you can hear the clanging of pots and pans.

Consider New Technologies

An FM system or a directional microphone are helpful options if you don’t already have them. Both of these technologies can help you isolate background noise by facing away from it and amplifying the voices you want to hear to make out a conversation.

Don’t Attempt to Bluff Your Way Through

The only way your loved ones will know if you’re struggling through a meal is if you tell them. A family get-together is a time to celebrate, and your hearing loss should never prevent you from joining in on the fun. Your family members will be happy to help you with any adjustments you may need to make during your meal.

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