Hearing Tips for the Upcoming Holiday Season

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Dr. Howard Tamashiro

Dr. Howard Tamashiro uses specialized equipment to obtain accurate test results about your hearing loss. The tests are conducted in sound-treated rooms with calibrated equipment. He will thoroughly inspect your ear canals and eardrum with an instrument called an otoscope and conduct a diagnostic audiological evaluation to assess your hearing problems.
Dr. Howard Tamashiro

Tips for the Holidays with Hearing Loss

For those of us with hearing loss, we know that these gatherings mean multiple conversations and a lot of background noise to contend with. Even with our hearing aids, holiday parties could become quite overwhelming! Here are some hearing tips for the holiday season, both for hosting and attending parties.

Hosting a Holiday Party for Those with Hearing Loss

If you’re hosting a party, be sure to ask your guests about any accommodations they may need. Dietary restrictions, physical access for washrooms, coming up the steps of your house – these are all major ones. Another big one, of course, is accommodating people with hearing loss. Ask your guests what you can do to improve their listening experience while at your holiday party.

Turn Down the Music

Music creates a festive and vibrant atmosphere, but if the volume is turned up too high, it could interfere with conversation. Most people want to chat and catch up with their loved ones, so very loud music could make that difficult! If you’re playing music, we recommend that you keep the volumes low and subtle, and turn the speakers away from areas where people will be sitting. Even your guests with normal hearing will thank you!

Furniture Set-Up

If you have a round table, this is the best option for a sit-down dinner. With circular table settings, all of your guests will be able to see each others’ faces. For those with hearing loss, lip reading is a mechanism to stay in the loop with conversation. Round tables help to facilitate this.

If you plan to have a buffet style dinner, set up the seating area in circular or semi-circular configurations. This set-up will help folks with hearing loss when there are multiple conversations going on at once.

It may be overwhelming for guests with hearing loss and hearing aids to be in one big, loud room with many people talking. Consider setting up quiet areas where guests may have small group or one-on-one conversations, away from the big groups.

Use Paper & Plastic, Rather than Silverware and China

The clicking and clanking of silverware against fancy dishes could be quite a ruckus for your guests with hearing aids. If it’s possible, consider using paper and plastic utensils, especially if you are having a buffet-style dinner. This also significantly cuts down clean-up or you!

Attending Holiday Parties with Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids

Your hearing aids do a tremendous amount to connect you to people and conversations. Even so, we’ve offered some tips for attending holiday parties to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience.

Attending Holiday Parties with Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids

Your hearing aids do a tremendous amount to connect you to people and conversations. Even so, we’ve offered some tips for attending holiday parties to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience.

Position Your Best Side & Pick a Dinner Buddy

If you find yourself in a big group conversation, try to position your “best side” – if you have one – to the speakers. If you’ll be sitting down to dinner, sit next to someone you have an easy time understanding. They’ll also be able to help fill you in on conversations!

Most hearing aids are digital and have fast sound processing systems. These hearing aids pick up sounds from 360-degrees of your environment, balance the audio with algorithms, and provide you a clear sound picture. Ask us at Hearing Center of Hawaii about your hearing aids’ capabilities.

Find a Quiet Spot for Conversation

When everyone is talking all at once in one big room, you may find it overwhelming to focus on the conversation you’re in. Look for an alcove or another room in the house where it is quiet. You’ll have an easier time with small group conversations or one-on-one conversations. Well-lit areas are also great for conversations, as you will be able to read physical cues and the speaker’s lips.

Let Your Host Know!

Don’t hesitate to let your hosts know about your hearing needs. This will give them insight on how to position the furniture, and to keep the music down. Just remember – this is the time to come together and catch up, so they’ll be happy to accommodate you!

From all of us at Hearing Center of Hawaii, we wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season.

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