Get the family together this Easter!
When getting everyone together for a big family meal, whatever the occasion, there is always the possibility that someone attending has hearing loss. It’s important at these events that everybody feels included and there are a few steps that you can take to ensure this.
Setting the scene - Environment has a real effect on people with hearing loss. In order to make sure the occasion is a success think carefully about where everybody is going to sit. Ideally your family member with hearing loss will benefit from being away from the kitchen or any children who might be attending. It is also helpful for them to be able to see faces so perhaps consider seating them at an end of the table.
Reduce volume where you can - Background noise makes it more difficult to hear whether you have hearing loss or not. Consider keeping any music turned down low, turn the television off and maybe even draw curtains as this will help with sound dampening. There will be plenty of noise and chatter when guests arrive anyway!
Eyes are helpful to ears - Most hearing aids work on direction so it can be difficult to hear somebody speaking if you’re not looking at them. Give your family member a head start and make sure that the room is adequately lit, remove any large objects from the table and put any candles or mood lighting towards the outside of the room rather than on the table.
Above all if you are unsure what you can do in order to make the event a real pleasure for your family member with hearing loss to attend - ask them! Everybody is different and sometimes it is simply down to preference. Your relative may well have one side on which their hearing is better. If you can find this out then you will be able to accomodate them much better.