hEARing that easter is around the corner
Easter is fast approaching and is a great time of year to get together with friends and family, enjoy tasty meals and treats, and host festivities. It’s also an excuse to get dressed up, decorate the house, and indulge in the fun and happiness that the season offers. However, we figured it would be fun to show the parallels between Easter and listening. Here are a few interesting facts:
Easter and Chocolates:
The first thing that comes to mind when dreaming about Easter is, of course, chocolate. Chocolate is good for our ears because it contains zinc and magnesium, which help shield from age-related and noise-induced hearing damage. Chocolate can also help to avoid diseases by boosting the immune system. (All in moderation)
Most people dream of Easter Bunnies as they think of the holiday. Bunnies were built with large fluffy ears because they are tiny animals that are vulnerable in unsafe conditions. These exceptionally long ears aren’t just there to make them look good; they also help them hear extraordinarily well. They can pick up sounds from almost 3 kilometers away.
Easter and Chicks:
Did you know that when still inside their shell, baby chicks can hear outside noises? Ducks and chickens communicate with their eggs in the same way as humans do with their babies in the womb. This is so that when they hatch, they already know the voices of their kin. Although we humans suffer age-related hearing loss, chickens have a remarkable capacity to regrow impaired hearing cells.
Keep in mind that the holidays are not fun for everyone
The holidays can be a stressful time for people who struggle with hearing loss, being loaded with social tension and loneliness. It’s difficult to join in the fun and share in the discussion if you can’t hear what’s being said. Hearing deprivation can affect a person’s mental well-being at any time of year, but during the holiday season, these emotions are amplified and they often feel left out. We’ll look at ways you can better your holiday memories, whether you have a hearing loss, or by supporting loved ones who have a hearing disability.
1.As a person with hearing loss you may be nervous about not being part of the conversation at a dinner party. Here are a few pointers to get you started on your evening.
- If you don’t have a hearing aid, position yourself with your back to the wall facing the room of occupants. This may help you drown out any background noise and focus on the conversation in front of you.
- Place your back to any noise if you’re wearing a hearing aid.
- If you want to talk to someone, get closer to them so you can communicate with less effort or find a peaceful place away from the noise source.
- When in conversation, it might be easier to lip read while listening to the conversation. Seek out areas with better light and little foot traffic. The fewer breaks in the conversation due to people walking past will help you keep track of the conversation and make it easier to lip read when the other person is speaking.
2. It can be enticing to nod along with what all your relatives and friends are saying, even though you can’t hear them properly. Even if you couldn’t hear the joke or respond to stories in the same way as those around you, you might feel compelled to laugh along with them. This can be dangerous and embarrassing, particularly if anyone asks you a question which you cannot answer honestly. It would be easier for you to attend these activities if you are upfront about your hearing loss. Inform the person with whom you are conversing to know that you are unable to hear them clearly. You may also use visual cues to show that you are unable to hear. You might, for example, cup your ear with your hand to signal to them that they need to talk louder. This will hopefully encourage them to speak more clearly to you and have empathy and understanding if you missed the point of the discussion.
3. Take a rest from the celebrations if you want to. After a long period of talking, the ears and mind will need a break, so find a comfortable spot or use the bathroom. A break will help you refresh and provide the motivation you need for another round of socializing, helping you to completely enjoy the crowd.
We hope that our list of hearing loss coping tips can assist you and your loved ones this holiday season. Although these are a temporary solution to cope with a disability, remember that most hearing loss can easily be managed with a hearing aid. Be sure to visit an audiologist and have your hearing tested. Everyone wants to celebrate the holiday season with their friends and families, and hearing loss should not prevent you from doing so. Addressing your hearing loss is a big step in the right direction to being fully present in your life for every moment including the all important holiday seasons.