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We’re now well into 2022 and hopefully, it’s looking full of adventures for all of you. Do your hearing problems ever hold you back from attending social events? In today’s blog, we provide four techniques to manage coping with hearing loss during social events.

Let people know:

If it’s a wedding or a similar large event, ask the host if they can accommodate for your disability such as being seated closer to the front of the congregation. You can also find somewhere quiet to speak to friends and family if you find yourself struggling to hear.

Take short breaks:

It’s important to take regular breaks in order to avoid ‘listening fatigue’, especially when you’re lip-reading for hours on end. This could be in the form of a short rest in another room or sticking with someone you trust to allow you some quiet time.

Assistive devices:

A small, wireless microphone will amplify the conversation while reducing background noise. Similarly, use your smartphone as an amplifier through speech-boosting apps such as iOS app Live Listen and Android apps Headset Remote and Sound amplifier. Another great app is Chatable, which when held by the person you’re speaking with, allows you to hear much clearer.

Meeting someone new:

Don’t be afraid to let them know about your hearing and how they can help. You’ll likely feel more comfortable when you have disclosed this information. This way, they won’t be offended when you tell them they need to slow down or be clearer!

For many of you, the additional barrier of Covid precautionary masks have posed more difficulties to understanding speech. Try using a speech-to text captioning apps on your smartphone.

If you’re new to hearing devices, we’re here to help you on your journey. Book a call with our team to discuss your hearing and receive any suitable alterations.