Are you dreading the traditional family christmas gathering?
A lot of people with imperfect hearing find such events very difficult because they are so isolating.
you are all sitting together at christmas dinner and you can’t join in the conversation because you can’t hear it
you have gone to midnight mass with the family but you have to sit/stand/genuflect in line with everyone else and you can’t hear a single word that’s being said
you are opening presents on christmas morning and can’t hear all the jokes and comments that everyone else can
you watch TV all of christmas day and half of it isn’t subtitled so you can’t hear it (gawd how boring!)
people are stressed anyway because they are trying to cater for umpteen relatives on Christmas Day and they get annoyed when you mishear them or don’t hear them at all
I seem to spend all of christmas running round after (hearing) people trying to keep them happy. What about ME? I’d like a break as well. I’d like NOT to lip read people all day, NOT to say “Pardon?” all day, to BE included in conversations, to BE part of a group. Unfortunately, more often than not, it’s a group that doesn’t understand what it’s like to be deaf, that doesn’t even want to know.
Oh. I’m a “hearing person”. With hearing aids.
Is it any wonder I bl**dy hate christmas.
A friend is in her thirties and she has a progressive hearing loss. She has to ask her husband to repeat himself because she did not hear his speech clearly enough. She finds this extremely annoying and frustrating, especially when she has to do this because there’s background noise. She now uses subtitles on television quite a lot, so that she can understand speech without turning the volume up to the highest setting and blasting everyone else out of the house.
You never know when / if hearing loss will hit you or a member of your family. In the USA, the Equal Communication Access Campaign aims to raise awareness of the deaf community’s lack of full and equal communication access in their lives. You can subscribe to this campaign and help raise awareness of access to equal communication.