If you have hearing loss, simple things like hearing your loved ones at the dinner table can be quite challenging and struggling to hear can lead to frustration and leaving you feeling isolated among family.
Easter is just around the corner and families will soon be getting together at the dinner table and if its a large gathering for the holidays you don’t want to miss out on the conversation. To avoid this consider these five steps to help you prepare to hear better at the dinner table.
Chose carefully on where to sit
Where you sit at the table is important and could impact how you hear, the best place to sit would be with sitting with your back to the wall. By sitting here you will be able to block out excessive background noise behind you and thus helping you hear your family at the table better.
Keep the volume low
Having music or TV on in the background may be enjoyable but competing background sounds can drown out your families voices and make your conversations more difficult to hear. Try removing the background noise altogether, or at least lower the volume considerably. This will enable you to focus on the conversation more instead of challenging the excess noise.
Those who suffer from hearing loss suffer in silence and try to compensate by reading the lips of whoever is speaking. But with low lighting, this becomes more difficult. If you improve your ability to see your families lips moving you will be able to better understand what is being said in the conversation. You could either turn the lights up or change your existing fixtures to shine more light at the dinner table.
Instead of nodding along with the conversation you are struggling to follow, just be honest and ask your family to repeat what they have said. If you are a guest it wouldn't hurt to let your host know in advance that you are having hearing challenges and let them know what they can do to help you keep up with the conversation.
Book a hearing test
If you finding hearing your family a challenge it would be a good idea to have your hearing checked. One of our audiologists can properly diagnose the extent of your hearing loss and can recommend the right hearing aids that will help you keep up with every conversation at the dinner table.
All types of gatherings among family and friends can make challenging listening situations. But if you struggle to hear your family and friends then don't suffer in silence and act now. Follow these tips this Easter and if you feel that you need further help book your FREE hearing test at your local hearing centre.
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