Hosting a Party With a Hearing Loss Guest

House Guests

It is the time of year when people love to host gatherings. If you plan on hosting a party, there are several things that you will want to remember. One of the most important things is to accommodate those friends or family with hearing loss. There are many things you can do to ensure they will have the best time at your party. These tips will make you the best host ever.

Creating A Quiet Area

One of the best things that you can do as a host is to create a quiet spot for your guest. Loud noises, like a football game on television, or even a lot of people can make it hard for a person who has hearing loss. You will want to set aside one area of your home as a designated quiet space. If your loved one gets overwhelmed during the party, they can go to this area. They can also go to this area if they want to have a one-on-one conversation when someone at the party. If they need to adjust their hearing aid, this is also a perfect area.

Damper Loud Noises

Your kitchen will be busy during a party, so as a host, you will want to make sure that you do what you can to avoid so much noise. Keeping background noises in check will help your loved one with hearing loss. To damper these loud noises, use rugs, curtains, and tablecloths. This will also help their hearing aids to work better.

Have Appropriate Lighting

Many people with hearing loss rely on lip reading to help them be able to join the conversation. This is especially true in loud situations where hearing aids might not work as well. Do not dim your lights. As a host, you will want to keep the room bright. If the room is too dark, consider getting floor lamps.

Use Assigned Seating

When you plan where to sit everyone, place your friends or family with hearing loss away from loud noises. This can include places like the children’s table and the kitchen. This will help them be able to hear the conversation better. Their hearing aids will not pick up the background noise as much when seated away from loud noises.

Decreasing The Volume

If you have holiday music going on at your party, make sure that it is not too loud. If it is too loud, it can be very distracting for someone with hearing loss. It might be a good idea to completely turn the music off when eating to allow for clear conversation.

Host Indoors

Some people may want to host their parties outside, but there can be a lot of background noise outside. This is especially true if you live on a busy street or near a highway. If it is loud outside in your local area, consider having your party indoors. Another issue when hosting outdoors is that your loved one may wear hearing aids. Moisture in the air can damage hearing aids, so it is always better to stay indoors.

Call Us Today

To learn more about hearing loss, and how you can be a great host, call Sidney Sound and Hearing Services. Our team of hearing care specialists can help you learn all about hearing loss. Our hearing care specialists can also help you hear better during the holidays.