The holidays are said to be a time of joy and connection. But for those who struggle with hearing loss, the holidays can bring a profound feeling of disconnect and emotional distance from their loved ones.
When those with hearing loss typically hide from social gatherings, the holidays can add an extra layer of stress in trying to communicate effectively with their loves ones.
Often, the responsibility of connection is left to the hearing impaired person in the party. Take initiative!
- Try and sneak off with someone for some one on one time with a friend.
- Find some quiet space to share some memories.
- In group settings, try and maintain eye contact with the person speaking so you can enjoy the full spectrum of communication with facial expressions and lip reading.
- Sit close to someone who might whisper in your ear nuggets you might have missed so you can stay engaged in the conversation.
Alternatively, if you have a hearing impaired loved one in your life – connect with them! Ask them to sneak away for some snuggles or quiet conversation and repeat things they may have missed. Get them talking in group conversations, you would be surprised how much they feel left out.
If you struggle with social isolation at any time in your life, reach out to us. We can help you feel connected at all times of the year with better technology and therapies.