How To Enjoy Parties When You Have Hearing Loss

I am proud to share my hearing loss story and tips on Mango Health

Parties often mean loud music, background buzzing, and many people are speaking at once. When you have hearing loss, these distractions can get in the way of having fun. Advocate Shari Eberts shares her best advice on how to enjoy parties, even with impaired hearing.

I always loved parties — gathering with friends and family, feeling the room sparkle with laughter and energy. But as my hearing loss worsened, parties became more challenging. The buzz of the room changed from exhilarating into a distraction. The mental stamina required to keep abreast of the flow became more and more exhausting.

I began to feel left out and sad and would sometimes prefer to stay home, until I decided to take action to make sure I did not miss out on the fun. Here are my tips for enjoying all types of parties, despite the challenge of hearing loss.

1. Contact the host ahead of time: This is not always possible, but if it is a party with family or close friends, or at work, be sure to communicate your needs. This could include asking to be seated in a specific spot at a sit-down dinner or requesting that one area of the party space be set aside for quieter conversation. If there will be numerous speeches or presentations, request that a microphone is used. Most people will do their best to accommodate you.

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