How To Enjoy Thanksgiving When You Have Hearing Loss

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays — delicious food, good spirits and lively gatherings of family and friends. But with my hearing loss, I sometimes worry I will miss out on some of the fun. Large dining room tables make conversation tricky, especially, like in my family, if everyone is talking at once. Background chatter combined with noise from the football games on television add to the overall din, making it a tough listening situation. What is a person with hearing loss to do?

Follow these tips and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

1. Talk to your host in advance: Discuss your hearing issues with your host a week before Thanksgiving so she has time to accommodate your needs. Request to be seated in the middle of the table and with your back to a wall. The more specific you are, the better seat you will get. 

2. Limit background noise: When I host, background music is kept to a minimum. While your host may like to play music or keep the TV on for the game, perhaps you can ask him or her to reduce the volume during dinner. 

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6 thoughts on “How To Enjoy Thanksgiving When You Have Hearing Loss”

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  1. While I do love the holidays with my very large extended family , Im usually mentally trying to keep up with all the conversations. And along with the high volume of everyone talking and kids running around and Christmas music or movies playing in the background , it’s usually a very long day . We usually do buffets , but that’s even worse because everyone stands around chatting with food in their mouths , ugh. Happy Thanksgiving to all (if you do celebrate)!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Remember to take breaks to give your mind a chance to regroup. Think about inviting one or two family members outside for a walk. It is much quieter out there! Happy holidays to you!

  2. tonybars84 – I led a pretty typical life until January 2016 when I suffered an autoimmune attack that nearly took my life. Luckily my life was spared, but I lost much of my hearing. Aside from that fun fact, I'm a 33 year old with 2 beautiful young girls, a great wife and a yappy dog.
    tonybars84 says:

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as well. I am fortunate that we host thanksgiving every year. We have about 15 people and I sit with in the middle of the table with my back to the wall. I remember last year; I thought how I good I was able to hear at thanksgiving dinner. I’m hoping for a repeat this year!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      That is wonderful! I hope so too! Happy Thanksgiving!

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