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The holidays are coming up soon, and large family get-togethers and dinners in crowded restaurants can prove especially challenging for people with hearing loss. Not only do multiple people tend to talk at once in these situations, but they also raise their voices to be heard over each other.

It becomes even harder for people who have hearing loss when you add other noises like background music, chairs scraping, and dishes clattering. If you have trouble hearing from one or both ears, or you use a hearing aid, there are a few steps you can take to make these big, noisy meals more enjoyable for you and your family.

Before Get-Togethers, Have a Discussion With Your Family

It is important that you talk about your hearing loss with your family members before a big meal, so they can make adjustments to help you deal with the background noise. They can then explain it to their children and other members of the family, so everyone will know, for example, to try and look at you when they are speaking. It will make the meal much more enjoyable for everyone even if the conversation is a bit difficult.

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

Sometimes, it’s tradition to sit at a particular place at the table, but the best spot 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 in the middle. You will not have as hard of a time hearing conversations from the middle of the table. Be certain you speak up and let your family know if there is a place at the table that’s best for you.

Ask That The Music be Turned Down

Background noise poses a major challenge for people with hearing loss because it is hard for their ears to filter out this noise and concentrate on spoken words. Ask your family to turn the music off or at least reduce the volume. If you are in a restaurant, sit as far away from speakers as possible and away from noisy places, like close to the kitchen, where you can hear the clattering of pots and pans.

Technology Can Help

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

Don’t Try to Bluff Your Way Through

Your loved ones won’t know you’re struggling to hear if you don’t tell them. A family get-together is a time to celebrate, and your hearing impairment should never stop you from getting in on the fun. If there are adjustments needed mid-meal, your family will be happy to help out.

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