The holiday season is the time when you have to interact with people, both family and friends. You attend parties. You spend time together with so many people, conversing, sharing anecdotes and having a good, cheery time. During the holiday season, a major worry for people with hearing loss is how to get by these festive days. They are worried that their condition and problem might dampen their own enjoyment, as well as the fun time of the others around them.
Let us divide this post into two halves. In the first half, we will talk about what to do during the holiday season if you suffer from hearing loss. In the second half, we will give you tips as a party organizer on what to do if you have someone on your guest list who suffers from hearing loss.
For the former case, that is when you are suffering from hearing impairment yourself, you need to stick to some tips to make the most of this holiday season. Firstly, try to get into quieter zones in the party room to engage in conversations. Do not be too near the loudspeakers or the DJ console when you are talking to someone.
Position yourself in a way that you ‘see’ others talk. It is a psychological advantage for people with hearing loss when they are able to watch the speaker and the lip movements of forming the spoken words. You can also turn sides to ensure that your better hearing side is exposed to the source of the words. To make things better, attach yourself to a friend or family member who can fill in on the missed conversations seamlessly and without drawing too much attention.
Now, let us turn to the tips for party organizers. If you have someone on your list with hearing issues, try to keep the dinner table or other conversation areas open and circular. It will allow everyone to see around, ensuring that the concerned person can ‘see’ others talk. Make sure there is plenty of light to facilitate the process of ‘seeing’ the speaker talk.
Have more than one room for the party. Let this additional room be a quieter zone where people can talk without too much noise around them. It will give an opportunity to anyone who wants a quiet chat on the sidelines of the party.
Finally, keep the music volume at a reasonable level. You don’t want to spoil the party with a volume too low or make life difficult for some with a level too high. Hit the balance.