Tips for reducing hearing loss this holiday
Are you aware how noisy family gatherings can become?
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Sports events are loud enough on their own, and for the most part, the “important” plays are called by loud audio cues anyway. You don’t need to boost the TV so someone could hear it across your house. Turn down the volume, and turn on the Closed Captions. It will still be enjoyable for anyone watching the screen, and it won’t increase the noises in your home.
When you’re not trying to talk over the TV, the chattering in the background will stay at a normal indoor speaking voice.
Use one of your guest rooms as a quiet room. Designate a quiet area for your guests.
Look, dealing with family can be exhausting. We’ve all been there. It certainly doesn’t help if there’s nowhere else you can go to have a moment to yourself. That’s why it’s always a good idea to designate a quiet space. Did you need a moment to yourself? Want a couple minutes of silence? Have a room meant for your guests to escape and recharge before entering the fray again. Who knows? Maybe you can sneak in a couple minutes yourself!
Reduce the noise level of holiday music
It’s not that we don’t want to hear Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas is You for the billionth time. Promise. But let’s turn the dial down a little and let it sit at a comfortable level. Background music should stay background music, and never interfere with real conversations.
Now, if you break out the karaoke mics, that’s a whole different story.
Add sound dampeners to your living space!
If you have big windows, consider adding a thin layer of curtain to compliment the rest of your living room. Add some indoor plants, some decorations, and perhaps some throw cushions. Anything soft that could absorb soundwaves will help create a quieter environment. A rug that covers your living space? Perfection.
The less “empty” space you leave on the walls, windows, and floors, the less area you will have sound waves bouncing off.