What Are You Missing This Holiday Season?
The holidays are all about spending time with family, catching up with friends, and celebrating with colleagues at the office holiday party. But if you have hearing loss, it can be hard to enjoy these special events. The entire season may even be stressful and depressing.
How can hearing loss turn a joyous time of year into a difficult one? If you’ve experienced any of the following, then you probably understand.
- You miss out on conversations: From the clanking of silverware at a holiday meal to loud music at a party, it can be hard to hear others. Instead of enjoying a conversation, you may have to ask people to repeat themselves. Or you might just smile and nod throughout the discussion, without understanding what the other person says.
- You struggle to keep up: While it may be difficult to hear others, that might not stop you from trying. Whether turning your head to one side, cupping your hands around your ears, or focusing on the other person’s mouth to read their lips, all these efforts can take a physical and mental toll.
- You get stressed out: Despite the joy of the season, the holidays can be stressful for anyone. Hearing loss can multiply those feelings. All of the gatherings with family and friends can remind you how hard it can be when you struggle to hear the important people in your life. Difficulty hearing can lead to frustration and bickering with others, adding to the stress levels.
- You become withdrawn: When combined, the above factors can make the holidays miserable. It may even get to a point where you’d rather miss all of these special occasions than continue feeling left out of conversations. But avoiding social gatherings can further damage relationships with those close to you, and potentially lead to depression.
Stop missing out
The more hearing loss is ignored, the larger a problem it becomes. When spending time with family and friends this holiday season, think about how much you might be missing because of your hearing loss – and how much more special this time of year would be if you could hear better.
If you’re ready to take the step to treat your hearing loss, start by taking our online hearing test. Then you can contact a hearing care professional nearby to help you hear – during the holidays, and all year round.