The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and celebrations. But for those with hearing loss, it can be a difficult time. Holiday parties and gatherings can be overwhelming, and trying to follow conversations can be exhausting. If you or someone you love is living with hearing loss, here are some tips to help make the holiday season a little easier.
How to prevent hearing loss during the holidays
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time when your hearing is put at risk. Here are some tips to help prevent hearing loss during the holidays:
1. Avoid loud noises.
This may seem obvious, but it’s important to remember that loud noise can damage your hearing. So try to avoid being around loud music or other loud sounds during the holidays. If you must be in a noisy environment, make sure to wear earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.
2. Don’t use fireworks.
Fireworks are very loud and can cause permanent hearing loss if you’re not careful. If you want to enjoy fireworks, watch them from a distance instead of getting up close. And don’t forget to wear earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones!
3. Be careful with party horns and other noisemakers.
Party horns and other noisemakers can be fun, but they can also be very loud. Use them sparingly and don’t hold them close to your ears when you use them. Also, make sure any young children who are using them are supervised so they don’t hold them too close to their ears either.
4. Limit your exposure to loud noises overall.
This may seem like common sense, but it’s worth repeating: exposure to loud
The best way to protect your hearing during the holidays
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time for loud music, parties, and other noise-related activities. If you’re not careful, all that noise can lead to hearing loss.
There are a few things you can do to protect your hearing during the holidays:
1. Avoid loud noises when possible. If you know there will be loud music at a party, try to position yourself away from the speakers. And when you’re out shopping, take breaks in a quiet area if the crowds and noise get too overwhelming.
2. Use earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. If you can’t avoid being in a noisy environment, make sure to use earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to help reduce the risk of hearing damage.
3. Limit your exposure to loud noise. Even if you’re using ear protection, it’s important to limit your exposure to loud noise whenever possible. So if you know you’ll be in a noisy environment for an extended period of time, take breaks in a quiet area every so often to give your ears a rest.
Following these simple tips will help ensure that you enjoy the holiday season without putting your hearing at risk.