The holiday season is upon us and many of us with hearing loss and late deafness have to figure out strategies to get us through the holiday parties, family gatherings and shopping. OH! you don’t have a strategy? You just plan to skip the office party? the holiday family dinner? or sit quietly through it all? Well, that’s a strategy plan but not necessarily a good one.
You should be part of the festivities without making yourself uncomfortable or feeling you’re making others uncomfortable. Our only responsibility is to make ourselves comfortable and everything around us accessible. Your loved ones want to be heard and you want to hear them. Clearly, you have more than enough time to put things in place.
I recently found out that Oticon has what’s called a partner microphone aka: connect line microphone. I have the streamline link already and I am going to my audiologist to try out the microphone. It allows me to have a conversation one on one in a party or family situation or even a counseling session much more easily or freely. Here’s the link. http://bit.ly/tt4SSU
I realize not everyone can afford these items but there are other options as well. Bringing paper and pen is an option we all have used at one time or another. Educating everyone around us, letting them know what we need to hear the conversation and be part of the exchange of information. I know I want to feel part of the holiday season and I don’t want any reader feeling left out as well. So, how about sharing your thoughts and your ideas on how other hearing impaired and deaf individuals can make it through their holiday season without feeling left out.