The holidays are a great time for your child to make new memories. Did you know that the holidays can also be a great opportunity to learn new sounds and words? The right hearing strategies can help set your child up for success this holiday season and expand your child’s vocabulary. Check out our holiday hearing tips:
1. Educate Your Loved Ones
Counsel your loved ones on how best to communicate. This may include helpful tips like, “Please ensure you face my child when you are speaking” and “Please speak clearly and at a normal pace. Don’t over enunciate.”
2. Keep Hearing Equipment in Working Order
To help your child get the most out of his or her hearing device, ensure that you use new batteries. Keep your child’s hearing device clean and maintained. If it has been a while since your child last visited their hearing health specialist, schedule an appointment to ensure they are still receiving benefit from their current hearing device or determine if a Cochlear hearing implant may be a solution for them.
Ensure your child receives plenty of sleep and rest. This allows your child to “recharge” before a day of festivities and activities. Avoid hearing fatigue, when the brain has to work harder to understand and comprehend sound. This may happen when loud conversations and background music are present. Designate an area where your child can take a break if he or she gets tired. Encourage your loved ones to speak to your child in quiet settings such as a hallway.
4. Work on New Vocabulary
There are many new sounds and words unique to the holidays. This is a great opportunity to learn and practice listening and talking. Flashcards and books are an effective tool to help develop new vocabulary. Remember, repetition is key to facilitate memory and comprehension. Discover more resources to encourage conversations in Cochlear’s Communication Corner.
5. Have Fun!
The holidays are a great time to make new memories and enjoy different activities. Even children with normal hearing experience fatigue during the holidays. So don’t forget to have fun! Experiment with different tricks and tips that work best for your child.
We would like to wish you and your family a very special Holiday Season!