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Thanksgiving tips for those with hearing loss

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Dress for hearing success at holiday gatherings

No matter how formal or informal the Thanksgiving gathering, wearing your hearing aids is always the right choice. Hearing aids make it easier for you to participate in social situations. With Oticon Opn S™ hearing aids, you can enjoy conversation in a group or at the dinner table with less effort. Even in noisy situations, with multiple people speaking, Opn S lets you hear what you want to hear so you don’t miss out on a minute of holiday fun.

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Safe travels with hearing loss

Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled holidays of the year. If you’re traveling home for the holidays, pack your hearing aid charger or extra hearing aid batteries in your hand-held luggage. If your baggage goes missing, you won’t miss out on the holiday fun. Driving to your destination? Oticon Connectclip turns Opn S hearing aids into a wireless headset for easy, hands-free calls from modern mobile phones, including iPhone® and Android™ smartphones.

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Choose the best seat at the table

Along with turkey and pumpkin pie, conversation around the dinner table is a highlight of Thanksgiving gatherings. Choose a seat that lets you see faces while people are speaking. A spot with your back to the wall will help cut down on distracting background noise. Avoid conversations with people at a distance. You’ll be more relaxed chatting with the people seated closest to you. Opn S hearing aids with OpenSound Navigator™ give you access to all sounds in the environment. Even at a noisy dinner table with multiple people speaking, you can hear what you want to hear.

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With a little help from your friends

Ask family and friends to help you join in the good times by speaking a little louder and clearer and facing you directly. Enlist a "hearing helper" to stay close and help fill in parts of the conversation you might miss. Encourage your host to turn down the volume of the music or football game on TV, so guests speak more naturally. Don’t bluff by nodding and pretending you hear. A simple gesture, like a hand to your ear, is often all the reminder people need to speak up or slow down.

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Take a break when you need it

Keeping up with the conversation in noisy holiday settings can be challenging for everyone, but especially for people with hearing loss. Take a break from the crowd for a one-on-one conversation with someone you don’t see often enough. Can’t find a quiet spot for your chat? No worries. Oticon ConnectClip functions as remote microphone when you’re trying to hear speech in a noisy place. Simply hand the ConnectClip to your friend or loved one for clear speech streamed directly to your hearing aids.

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