Cocktail Party Tips for People with Hearing Loss

As the holiday season approaches, your social diary is likely filling up. Family gatherings and cocktail parties with friends tend to increase in frequency at this time of the year. If you have a hearing loss, you may find that what should be an enjoyable event can end up quite stressful.

Cocktail parties can be difficult for many of us, but with a hearing loss they can be very tough! The nature of cocktail parties generally includes multiple conversations going on at one time. This cacophony of noise bouncing around the room can make it difficult to understand the conversation. It can be even harder if there is background music!

Cocktail Party Hearing Tips

You may be tempted to avoid cocktail parties altogether this holiday season. But we’re here to tell you that’s not necessary with these cocktail party hearing tips.

  1. Position, position, position. When you arrive at the cocktail party, choose a position that is going to maximize your hearing capability. A corner or against a wall will help to reduce background noise. Avoid standing too close to any sources of noise, like speakers.
  2. Arrive rested. Cocktail parties can be taxing. Focusing on the conversation can leave you feeling very tired. Make sure you arrive rested to maximize your hearing capability.
  3. Let people know about your hearing loss. Don’t be ashamed to tell someone about your hearing loss. Ask that they facilitate communication by facing you when speaking. Remind them that they may have to speak up.
  4. Don’t try to guess. If you’ve misunderstood something that someone has said, rather than trying to guess what they are saying, ask. If you don’t want to verbally ask, try a visual cue, like cupping your hand behind your ear. Plus, this simply yet nifty gesture can actually help improve your hearing.
  5. Adjust your hearing aid settings. Some hearing aids have settings designed for louder environments like cocktail parties. Adjusting your hearing aid in advance means you won’t have to worry when you’re at the party.
  6. Take breaks. If you are feeling fatigued, take a break! Find a quiet space to help your ears and brain relax for a while. Once you’re ready, head back in for some fun!

Cocktail parties can be great fun, and your hearing loss shouldn’t hold you back. Remember, at the end of the day, you should be enjoying yourself!

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Do you have a busy social season ahead of you? If you’d like to make sure that your hearing is up for the task, book your hearing assessment with the team at Hearing Aid Specialists of CT. Give our hearing care professionals a call on 888-657-5768 or click here to book a consultation.

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