Holidays are coming up. At our October meeting we had some great hints for surviving family gatherings without being left out. First to remember is: Plan Ahead. Realize that large social groups are one of the most difficult environments for a person with hearing loss. Be kind to yourself and focus on the positive things you can do.
It’s easier to talk with people one-on-one in a quiet area, so find a quieter corner. Bring something to share (photos?), sit in another (quiet) room and invite people one at a time to come look at your pictures (of a vacation trip? your garden? the big fish!).
When sitting down to dinner, choose a seat that is best for you. If you have a “better” side, position yourself to hear on that side. Avoid sitting next to one who does not speak distinctly. Ask your host to turn off background music (or the football game) during dinner – or have the TV on mute.