Hearing Loss LIVE! wishes everyone a good Thanksgiving with whatever works for you.
These large gatherings aren’t easy. If you’re doing it, give yourself a pat on the back. You’re brave enough to swim in noise and cheer and the chance you’ll miss the punchline. It’s full of challenges.
However, here’s to what you do catch and who you can connect with. The ones who make the effort are gold.
Try changing some of the dynamics this year, when possible. Be proactive for your communication needs. Let them know the 3 Golden Rules are a game changer. People don’t understand what hearing loss is so share your stories too. Start a conversation and work on solutions together.
Be creative! In what ways can you get around the hearing loss obstacle this Thanksgiving? Use your tribe, we’re here for you. Ask other people with hearing loss what they do in certain situations. We all have big hearts and want the best for each other.
Don’t forget to explore technology. Use automatic speech recognition apps (ASR). AVA has a group chat option (link). Don’t forget to try the different programs in your hearing aids and explore hearing aid apps to see what other tweaks you can make on your own. If you have one, take a remote companion microphone with you.
Don’t forget to take your hearing breaks.
When you start to feel the energy drain, give yourself hearing breaks. You deserve it.
Choosing to Stay Home
Even if you aren’t joining a family gathering, that’s okay. Maybe you need some space to heal. There are seasons with hearing loss. Drops in hearing especially throw us off and that needs time to heal. If you’re happier at home, so be it.
Maybe you’re tried hard to find your place, educating and sharing your communication needs weren’t met. There’s nothing lonelier than sitting pretty and not participating. It’s okay to stay away. If you need a little companionship, try reaching out to your tribe in the various support groups via social media. We watch out for each other.
Whatever your choice, be good to yourself this Thanksgiving.