GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) – Hearing loss can be difficult for the person experiencing it and their loved ones trying to communicate to them. McDonald Hearing Service joined eightWest with some simple things that you can do to help your loved one enjoy the holiday season. First and foremost, it requires you to have patience and understanding of the problem. The most common of hearing losses makes hearing women’s and children’s voices more difficult, especially in the presence of background noise. One of the most common mistakes you can make is to raise your voice if you aren’t being heard. Often, it’s not the volume of the voice that is lacking, it is the clarity. By raising your voice, you only make your frustration known while the message is no more clear.
Tips for improving your loved one’s ability to hear clearly at gatherings with family and friends this season:
-Be sure you have your loved one’s attention before you speak.
-Once you have his or her attention, look in their direction.
-Dimly lit rooms make it difficult to see facial expressions.
-Keep your hands away from your face and lips.
-Try to reduce background noise.
-Speak a little slower.
Another solution is to seek the advice of a hearing healthcare provider. Before the family gatherings come to an end, make an appointment to discuss ways to make this year’s holiday season less frustrating and less work for both of you. With the support of family, a person with hearing loss may be willing to look into ways to improve hearing in the difficult situations this busy season is likely to bring. The first steps toward hearing better are a hearing evaluation and, if necessary, hearing aids. With the guidance of your hearing healthcare provider, a choice for better hearing this holiday season can be the best gift you both receive.