The holidays can be difficult for people managing hearing loss, but also for family and friends who want to ensure those with hearing loss feel included.
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That wrapped gift looks innocent enough under the tree. But inside may be a toy so loud, it could harm a child’s hearing. For example, a sing along karaoke toy for kids can clock in at 95 decibels (dB) — similar to the sound generated by a power mower or motorcycle. At 95 dB, a child's hearing can be damaged in approximately 30 minutes.
With more than 36 million Americans who have hearing loss, there’s a good chance that one or more of them will show up at your table this holiday season. For these individuals, normal conversation can be a big challenge — a challenge that’s compounded at holiday gatherings by multiple simultaneous conversations, clanging silverware, shrieking children and other competing sounds.
It's a wonderful time of year. The holiday season is meant to be a time of celebration, connection and joy. But if you're managing hearing loss, the holidays can be a challenge. The inability to hear conversations, especially at noisy gatherings, may make you want to avoid social situations.