How to survive a family gathering with hearing loss

Autumn and winter bring many family gatherings and celebrations - Eid, Diwali, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year - as well as anniversaries, weddings and birthday parties.

Having hearing loss can make you feel left out of conversations and it's easy to turn down invitations to parties and events, or to withdraw from group conversations once you get there.

It doesn't have to be that way. Lots of us manage well at family gatherings but, like so many things, it gets easier with time, patience and confidence. That's why we've chosen to share tips and experiences about 'Family Gatherings' for November's #HearingLossHour.

#HearingLossHour provides peer support between people with hearing loss; there is also expert help available from audiologists and technical experts who join in the hour.

If you have questions, tips or experiences you'd like to share, please join us on Twitter between 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday 2nd November 2016. Don't forget - you must include '#hearinglosshour' in each tweet so that it can be seen by everyone who takes part.

Here are the questions for November's #HearingLossHour. Please feel free to share them via social media:

We look forward to tweeting with you!

#hearinglosshour #AngieAspinall #Holidays #hearingloss #deaf #deafness #relativewithhearingloss #communication #lipreading #communicationstrategies #assistivetechnology

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