Have Yourselves a Better Hearing Holiday

Dear Readers,

This week in the Better Hearing Consumer, I write simply to wish everyone a holiday season that is stress-free and communication-joyful.

When our family and friends speak with us in a way that is absolutely, perfectly easy to understand, we should let them know. We don’t have to grovel with gratitude, but we can share our pleasure in a job well-done, especially if it’s not always been the case.

If the noise becomes too much – in our house, at a party, in church – it’s OK to say, “this noise is a bit too much” and remove ourselves to a haven of quiet for a little while. When this happens, I find that other people often feel the same way.

When we have any control over the seating arrangements at a big family dinner, let’s not hesitate to pick the seat that works best for us…even if our aunt usually sits there. She’ll understand if you explain. Tell them all – our family and friends that love us – that we love them too and want to enjoy a family dinner with them.

When the tinnitus ramps up, louder than anything else, let’s help our brain move to something more pleasantly engaging – a holiday movie, a conversation, anything other than giving our undivided attention to the hurtful noise in our head.

It is one of my greatest life pleasures to write a weekly column on HearingHealthMatters.com for people affected by hearing loss, and I will be back in the new year. Until then, enjoy the holidays in the way that you are accustomed and which you enjoy.

With affection,

Gael Hannan

About Gael Hannan

The Better HearingConsumer addresses the personal experience of living with hearing loss. Editor Gael Hannan and her occasional guest bloggers explore every corner of the hearing loss life with humor and poignancy. Comment Policy   Gael Hannan, Editor Gael Hannan is an author, speaker and advocate on hearing loss issues. In addition to her weekly blog at the Better Hearing Consumer, which has a passionate international following,Gael has written two acclaimed books, “The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss”and “Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss”, written with Shari Eberts. She is regularly invited to present her uniquely humorous and insightful work to appreciative audiences around the world. Gael has received many awards for her work that advocates for individuals to become more knowledgeable and successful at dealing with their hearing loss and a more inclusive society for them to live in. She lives with her husband on Vancouver Island, Canada. Books and other media Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss. Written with Shari Eberts and available anywhere books are sold. The Way I Hear It: A Life With Hearing Loss. Available through online bookstores. Unheard Voices, DVD, vignettes from the hearing loss life. Contact Gael Hannan to order.


  1. Hello Gael:

    A lovely column to end the year; thanks for it and all the other wonderful pieces of writing that you do. They’re always humourous, and informative that contain helpful information for people with and without hearing loss.

    Merry Christmas to you, your family and friends!

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