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Tips for Hearing Your Family This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time of the year when family and friends get together and celebrate. The opportunities to welcome your nearest and dearest into your home are plentiful. However, large gatherings often result in a loud environment, which can be especially challenging if you suffer from a hearing loss. We’ve compiled some top tips to help you enjoy this time of the year, and “hear” for the holidays.

The Basics  

Whether it’s yourself or one of your guests with a hearing loss, the aim is for everyone to enjoy the Holiday Season. Here are some basic tips to help anyone with a hearing loss.

  • Before you speak to someone, get their attention either by saying their name or briefly touching their hand or arm.
  • Always face the person you are speaking with.
  • Speak slowly and clearly, try not to shout.
  • Actively listen and never interrupt.
  • If you suffer from asymmetric hearing loss (hearing loss is more pronounced on one side), try orienting yourself so that your best ear is closest to your companion.
  • Adjust your hearing aid levels accordingly before the gathering. Do not forget to use any additional programs that are designed for noisy conversational situations

Lighting

If the gathering is taking place at your home, be sure to keep the room well lit. Candles are nice and cozy, but good lighting will make it easier for anyone with a hearing loss to lip read or use other visual cues that help them converse. If you are not in your home, try to seek out well lit areas and position yourself so that you are close to those you wish to speak with.

Background Noise

If you are hosting the gathering, be sure to set any background music or television to a low level. If possible, also set aside a quiet area that’s slightly removed from the group. This enables anyone struggling to hear to concentrate on 1-on-1 conversations.

If you are away from home, don’t be afraid to mention to the host that you have a hearing loss. Request the volume of any background noise be turned down a little. Or simply ask whomever you are talking with if you can relocate somewhere more quiet to continue your conversation. If you are watching a movie, ask for the closed captioning to be turned on.

Partner Up  

If you know someone else attending the gathering, why not ask them if they mind staying close and partnering up? They can fill in the blanks and boost your confidence by ensuring you don’t miss a moment of the conversation. This is a more subtle way to enable greater inclusion and enjoyment for everyone involved.

Hearing loss shouldn’t hamper anyone’s ability to enjoy the holiday season. If you are concerned about your hearing and would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Call us on (212) 786-5741 or click here to request an appointment today.

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Halloween Safety Tips for People with Hearing Loss

Halloween can be a lot of fun. It’s a time when you can dress up, have a Halloween party, or go trick or treating. However, if you have a hearing loss, it can be a challenging day of the year, particularly in the dark. But everyone deserves to have a spooktacular night, so we’ve compiled a list of tips so you can have an amazing Halloween!

General Safety Tips

  • Stay in groups and in well lit areas.
  • Designate a central meeting place, in case anyone gets separated from the group.
  • To help with signing, lip reading and lighting your way, be sure to carry a flashlight and spare batteries. Don’t forget to turn it on and check it’s working just before you leave.
  • Consider wearing high viz or reflective tape, or even a neon badge that informs others that you’re deaf/hard of hearing.
  • If joining in with fancy dress, choose a costume that won’t restrict your vision or hearing. Check that it doesn’t trail or billow as you walk. Also choose a removable mask which will make it easier to speak and hear.
  • Plan your route in advance, only approach homes that are well lit and be vigilant for hazards on your way through yards.

Hearing Loss Safety Tips

Outside of general safety, there are additional things that you can do to have a fun yet safe Halloween with hearing loss:

  • Low temperatures can drain hearing aid batteries. For extra peace of mind, bring along a spare set.
  • Reduce your risk of an ear infection by keeping your ears warm and dry. This ensures adequate blood circulation to your ears. Less blood circulation, combined with an increased chance of trapped moisture, can result in an ear infection. If left untreated, an ear infection may cause a temporary hearing loss.
  • If you’re going to a party that may have loud music or fireworks, take ear protectors. Noise from either could easily exceed safe levels and potentially damage your hearing.
  • Smoke can irritate your ears and make tinnitus worse. If you’re planning on checking out a bonfire, stay back to avoid the smoke.
  • Take regular breaks from loud environments. Concentrating on conversations can be more overwhelming than you realize. Not to mention, the environment is likely to be louder than you’re aware of. Allow your ears regular hearing detox breaks throughout the night.

Halloween should be fun for everyone involved, and we want you to have a safe and enjoyable night. But if you’re concerned that you may have put your hearing health at risk, why not schedule an appointment with one of our experienced hearing care professionals? Contact us today.

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The National Campaign for Better Hearing

Encouraging all Americans to get their free hearing assessment* and help others address their hearing health and wellness.

We are pleased to sponsor the National Campaign for Better Hearing—an initiative with the simple but lofty goal of providing a FREE hearing assessment* to EVERY American aged 60 and over. The reason is clear: Research shows significant connections between hearing loss and other serious health problems like depression, mental fatigue, even increased risk of developing dementia.1 Plus, hearing loss is associated with social withdrawal and isolation.2

We are committed to improving community wellness through addressing hearing healthcare needs. The Campaign for Better Hearing gives us an excellent opportunity to join partners across the country in providing access to free hearing healthcare.

How can you take part in the Campaign?

Focus on your hearing: Early detection means improved outcomes

Early detection might not prevent hearing loss, but it may reduce some of its lasting impacts. Together, we can make a difference for the 48 million Americans1 who suffer from hearing loss.

Bring a friend to a hearing appointment

Most hearing assessments* include “familiar voice testing.” A family member or friend reads certain words to the individual, so they can see how well he or she understands a loved one’s speech.

Share your story

As hearing professionals, we have already helped so many, but don’t take our word for it. If you or a loved one has experienced the difference hearing well can make in your life, we’d like to share your story. Tell us about your successful journey to better hearing.

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Do you know the facts?

Studies show2 that untreated hearing loss can negatively affect relationships with friends and family, causing feelings of isolation and making communication difficult.

  • Older adults who use hearing aids show reduced depression symptoms and improved quality of life.1
  • Only 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening.3
  • Nearly 50% of adults ages 60-69 have hearing loss.4

Are you one of the nearly 50 million Americans1 with some degree of hearing loss? (If you aren’t sure, then it might be time for a hearing assessment.*)

Get started today by calling: 888-208-5148

1Hearing Health Foundation

2HEARing Cooperative Research Centre

3betterhearing.org

4National Institutes of Health

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Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to Isolation and Loneliness in Seniors

In the United States, more than nine million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from hearing loss. A further 10 million aged 45 – 64 suffer from a form of hearing loss. Yet despite these figures, only 3 out of 5 senior Americans with hearing loss use hearing aids.

Untreated hearing loss can have serious emotional and social repercussions. Multiple studies have explored the links between hearing loss in an aging population in regards to how it affects feelings of isolation, depression and loneliness. One common trend emerges: untreated hearing loss is likely to exacerbate these feelings.

Hearing Loss and Overall Well-being

The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) carried out a study, conducted by the Seniors Research Group, aimed at demonstrating the extent that untreated hearing loss impacts an individual’s well-being, feelings of depression and / or social isolation.

The study surveyed 2,300 hearing impaired adults aged 50 and over. Results indicated that those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report anxiety, depression or paranoia. Furthermore, they were less likely to engage or participate in organized social activities when compared to seniors who are treating their hearing loss with hearing aids.

Commenting on the results, James Firman, Ed.D., president and CEO of The National Council on the Aging, said “this study debunks the myth that untreated hearing loss in older persons is a harmless condition.”

The survey identified that a significantly higher proportion of the respondents with untreated hearing loss (i.e. are not wearing hearing aids) claimed to have had feelings of depression or sadness that lasted at least two weeks in the previous years. 30% of respondents with more severe, untreated, hearing loss identified these feelings of depression. This compared to only 22% of respondents who were treating their hearing loss with hearing aids.

Due to the fact that social isolation can be a serious problem for some older people, the study also examined social behavior. It identified that those who don’t use hearing aids were more likely to shun social activities. Results identified that 42% of hearing aid users would regularly particularly in social activities, compared to only 32% of those who didn’t use hearing aids.

Benefits of Treatment

Treating hearing loss with hearing aids can have far reaching positive benefits. Not only can treating hearing loss improve relationships at home, it can help to revive a sense of independence. The NCOA’s study found “in virtually every dimension measured, the families of hearing aid users also noted the improvements but were even more likely than the users to report improvements.”

Improvement Area Improvement Reported by Hearing Aid User (%) Improvement Reported by User’s Family (%)
Relations at home 56 66
Feelings about self 50 60
Life overall 48 62
Relations with children, grandchildren 40 52
Mental health 36 39
Self-confidence 39 46
Sense of safety 34 37
Social life 34 41
Relations at work 26 43
Sex life 8 NA

[Source: www.ncoa.org]

Why don’t people get help?

The reasons given why most of the seniors didn’t get help sooner were responses such as “my hearing is not bad enough” or “I can get along without a hearing aid.” Another reason sighted was the cost of hearing aids, or stigmas such as “it would make me feel old,” or “I’m too embarrassed to wear one.”

Hearing Aid technology has advanced and discrete devices are available that can barely be seen and work better than ever before. We know the benefits to your health and happiness will be felt every day as soon as you are ready to start living your life to the fullest. Don’t let your hearing go untreated. Contact us today to find out how we can help treat your hearing loss. Request an appointment or call (212) 786-5741 today.

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