shutterstock_123420379-002The holidays are a great time to make new memories. They are also great times to learn new sounds and words, providing language development and language enhancement opportunities.

The right hearing strategies can help set you or your child with hearing loss up for success this holiday season. Check out some holiday hearing tips below:

  • Educate your loved ones: Counsel your loved ones on how best to communicate with you or your child. This may include helpful tips like, “Please ensure you face me/my child when you are speaking” and “Please speak clearly and at a normal pace. Don’t over enunciate.”
  • Keep hearing equipment in working order: To help you or your child get the most out of a hearing device, ensure that you use new or fully charged batteries. Keep the hearing device clean and maintained. If it has been a while since you or your child last visited a hearing health specialist, schedule an appointment to ensure you or your child is receiving the best benefit from their current hearing device or if another solution is necessary.
  • Prepare for the day: Ensure you or your child receives plenty of sleep and rest. This allows for you or your child to “recharge” before a day of festivities and activities. Avoid hearing fatigue, when the brain has to work harder to understand and comprehend sound. This may happen when loud conversations and background music are present. Designate an area where you or your child can take a break if one gets tired.  
  • Work on new vocabulary ahead of the event: There are many new sounds and words unique to the holidays, and it’s a great time to learn and practice listening and talking. Flashcards, books and audiobooks are an effective tool to help develop new vocabulary. Repetition is helpful to facilitate memory and comprehension. Discover more resources to help you or your child with hearing loss encourage conversations during the holidays at The Communication Corner.

See our other two blogs with more holiday therapy activities to help your child with hearing loss develop language.

We wish you and your family a very special holiday season!

For more information on implantable hearing solutions for you or a loved one, click here.

For more resources to assist parents of a child with hearing loss, visit IWantYouToHear.com.

Renee Oehlerking
Renee Oehlerking is the Public Relations Manager at Cochlear Americas where she is responsible for the region’s public relations and consumer marketing social media. Renee enjoys uncovering, telling and showcasing the inspiring stories of hearing implant recipients. As a recent transplant to Denver, Colorado, Renee enjoys exploring all that the state has to offer outdoors.