Can you believe it?!? It is already time to celebrate the joy of the holiday season. Do the holidays feel like more work than fun? A full schedule of Christmas parties, cleaning and cooking, shopping, wrapping and spending time with family can leave you feeling exhausted. Did you know that those with hearing loss can experience this and then some? This is due to the mental strain it takes to hear everyone and everything correctly. Dealing with stress can often take a larger toll on people with hearing loss. But the holidays don’t have to tire you out.
Here are some simple ways you can lighten the load and enjoy the festive fun.
Be Your Own Advocate
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you can’t hear or you find it difficult to keep up with the conversation? Speak up and let those around you know! Once they know that you’re struggling, chances are they’ll be more conscious of their volume, enunciation and of looking at you when they speak. A friendly reminder can be pretty powerful.
Schedule a Tune up and Stock Up on Batteries
Why wait until the last few days before the holiday break to get your hearing aids and accessories checked out? If you are having trouble with your hearing aids, make it a priority to have them assessed and fixed before the holiday rush begins. While you getting your hearing aids checked, stock up on batteries. The last thing you want to do is run out to the store for batteries on Christmas morning.
Take A Break
Do you find yourself feeling tired or developing a headache after being in a noisy, challenging situation? Allow yourself to take a break for a bit. Remember that your brain is working overtime to compensate for your hearing loss! It’s completely normal if fatigue sets in early, especially on a busy day. Build in some quiet times to give yourself time to relax, reset and recharge.
Making a few changes to your holiday schedule can make the whole experience much more enjoyable.