Dr. Emily Martinson, AuD, PhD

Thanksgiving is the time of year when family comes from far and near to spend time together and to catch up with each other.  Conversations around the dinner table can be challenging for people with hearing loss.  Here are some tips to make sure that you have a very happy Thanksgiving: Position yourself in the middle of the table.  Try to be close to everyone so that you can hear all conversations. Make sure that you can see everyone’s face.  Your brain uses visual cues to “fill in the blanks” in the conversation that you may miss due to your hearing loss.

Don’t bring up politics on Thanksgiving.  This isn’t hearing health advice, this is just life advice to keep you from getting smacked. Try to avoid sitting near sources of background noise.  On Thanksgiving, that can include sounds from the kitchen, or background noise from the TV. Try to avoid making comments about your uncle’s new girlfriend, your cousin’s haircut, or how many glasses of wine Grandma had.  This never ends well. Don’t be afraid to ask others to repeat!  It is better to ask for clarification than to miss the conversation. Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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