The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is on in the living room, the kitchen appliances are all hard at work preparing dinner in the kitchen, and your doorbell rings as guests begin to arrive for the celebration. Oh, the sounds of Thanksgiving!
Research from the last decade shows that Thanksgiving is one of the most active holidays of the year.
In 2016, 48.7 million people traveled at least 50 miles to celebrate the holiday with family and friends—and 10% of families decided to avoid cooking altogether and dined out at a restaurant. In 2010, 62% of families hosted 10+ guests—and 27% planned on hosting 20 or more guests!
This year, whether you are hosting a Thanksgiving feast, traveling to visit family and friends, or making reservations at your favorite local restaurant, we have some tips on how to make sure your Thanksgiving holiday is hearing-friendly for everyone.
Rest up before the gathering
Regardless of your plans, be sure to rest before the big day. This will make it easier for you to fully enjoy all the fun and concentrate on the conversations during meals, games and other activities.
Don’t be afraid to discuss your devices with your family
It’s not at all uncommon for curious grandchildren to have a few questions when you purchase and begin wearing a new hearing aid. In fact, this could be a great conversation-starter for telling little ones how they can protect their hearing as they grow up, too. Check out this blog post for a few helpful tips for talking to your grandchildren about your hearing aids.
Give a heads up to the host
Let your host or hostess know if you have trouble hearing with background noise like the television or radio, and he or she can make ample accommodations. Or, make it a point to steer clear of the source of noise so you can hear better.
Strategize your seating
Sitting in the middle of the table with a wall behind you during dinner makes it easier to hear all the different conversations taking place and see everyone’s faces as they speak. If you’re with a large group or anticipate assigned seating with place cards, you may want to talk to your host ahead of time and see if they can accommodate your request.
Converse with those close to you
One of the best strategies during the holiday meal is to take advantage of catching up with those sitting next to you or near you, as it’s much easier to hear them. Save that conversation with the guest at the opposite end of the table for after dinner. Perhaps over a piece of homemade pumpkin pie!
Let your loved ones know if you can’t understand them
It may be tempting to pretend you are hearing what others are saying, but don’t fake it. Let your loved ones know if you are having trouble hearing so they can accommodate the conversation properly. You can send a signal like cupping your hand up to your ear so others know you are having trouble hearing them.
Take frequent breaks
Don’t be shy about taking a break from all of the Thanksgiving festivities. Head to the restroom, step outside for a breath of fresh air or find a quiet spot in another room to give your ears and your brain a break. Whether you are hard of hearing or not, everyone needs a break from the holiday festivities at some point! Step in the kitchen and offer to help the host or hostess clean or plate the dessert. They will appreciate the thoughtfulness—and you can take a breather!
Remember the reason for the season
Don’t stress about hearing everything this Thanksgiving holiday. Keep everything in perspective, enjoy the moment and be thankful for what this holiday is all about: family, friends and good food.
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