Hear those sleigh bells jing-a-ling, and other sounds of the holidays

Hear those sleigh bells jing-a-ling, and other sounds of the holidays

3 tips for better hearing and happier holidays — in person or online 

If you have hearing loss, the holidays can turn you into a bit of a grinch. Take your hearing aids out and you’ll miss the silly jokes, carols, and old family stories. Put your hearing aids in and you worry you’ll be overwhelmed by the noise, noise, noise of clattering dishes and Christmas crackers. 

This year’s holiday hearing challenges are even worse, with masks, physical distancing, and outdoor gatherings putting extra strain on our ability to hear. 

Before you say ‘Bah Humbug!’ consider these tips for a healthy hearing holiday. 

1. Hearing aids are smarter than you realize 

“Modern hearing aids do more than just amplify all sound,” says Kim Galick, owner of Ears Hearing. “They use sophisticated digital technology to filter out unwanted noise and help you focus on speech. If you have hearing aids, you should wear them!” 

Using hearing aids takes practice, so be patient and don’t give up if you encounter some early frustration. If you’re hoping to host a family Zoom call or backyard gathering with your bubble, try your hearing aids ahead of time so you’re used to using them. 

2. Set the scene 

Just like your Christmas tree needs water and nutrients to stay healthy through the holidays, your hearing will benefit from the proper environment. Turn down the music to better hear dinner conversation, and move that pine bough centrepiece off the table so you can see the gestures and faces of your family around the table. 

“If you’re gathering virtually using a video call, ask your friends and family to turn on extra lights or sit facing a bright window — visual cues are a significant part of how we hear,” Galick says. 

Don’t forget to test hearing aids before your event, and keep your charger or extra batteries handy. 

3. Advocate for yourself 

Let friends and family know what they can do to help you hear. If relatives are stopping by for a porch visit, enlist a partner who can repeat or rephrase things you may not have understood. 

“Ask for the topic of conversation — a little context can go a long way to help your understanding,” Galick says. “Explain that people should get your attention before speaking to you, and ask that they speak clearly but not too slowly.” 

For more hearing tips follow Ears Hearing on Facebook. If you’re experiencing hearing struggles, book a free appointment with Ears Hearing by calling 604-427-2828 or emailing info@earslangley.com. There are a range of hearing aid options for different lifestyles and hearing needs, and Galick can help you find the solution that’s best for you. 

Find Ears Hearing at Unit C 20568 56 Ave. in Langley and online at earslangley.com. 

~ Written by Amy Attas, Black Press Media

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Ears Hearing Clinics is a locally owned and operated family business in the beautiful city of Langley.  Ears Hearing Clinics was founded by Kim Galick RHIP, BC-HIS in 2013.  The foundation of Ears Hearing Clinics is to provide a positive experience and outcome for all clients on their hearing journey.  We are proud to provide exceptional customer service and to provide superior product knowledge.  Call us to learn more about our no-obligation Free Hearing Aid Trial for all levels of hearing technology.

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