Give the gift of hearing this Christmas

Post on 1st December 2022

From carol singing to jingle bells and party celebrations to family reunions, the Christmas season is abuzz with happy sounds.

It’s traditionally that time of year reserved for our nearest and dearest; a whirl of activity and excitement and hectic rounds of social gatherings.

In the midst of the festive fun however, some family members may not be joining in as much as normal and this may be because of hearing problems.

At Scrivens Opticians and Hearing Care, we have extensive experience in helping people who live with hearing loss. We recommend looking out for tell-tale signs of hearing loss and advising your loved ones to seek help because it will make a real difference to their lives.

One of the first signs of hearing loss is difficulty hearing in noisy environments.

Other early signs of hearing loss include:

  1. Difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they say
  2. Asking people to repeat themselves
  3. Listening to music or watching television with the volume turned up high
  4. Difficulty hearing the telephone or doorbell
  5. Regularly feeling tired or stressed, due to having to concentrate closely while listening

 

Here are our 3 tips on what you can do to help make the festive season a jolly time for all:

  1. Encourage your relative or friend to go for a free hearing check – the earlier signs of hearing loss are diagnosed, the easier it is to provide a solution.
  2. Create the right environment. Provide good table lighting for easy lipreading.
  3. Keep the music down. Background music during parties and gatherings can be wonderful but if too loud it can create a lot of background noise that is difficult for all.

According to the RNID, around 12 million in the UK are affected by hearing loss, yet evidence suggests that people wait on average 10 years before seeking help for their hearing loss.

With NHS hearing care – from testing to digital hearing aids – now available on the high street, it’s never been easier to seek help. There is no need for the people you care about to suffer in silence.

As a first step, why not encourage the person you are concerned about to take a free hearing check? It takes just 10 minutes and at the end, we will give you the results and recommended next steps.

If you found this blog useful, you may also be interested in learning about 5 key benefits of intelligent hearing aids.

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