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How to survive a family gathering when you have hearing loss

This month’s #HearingLossHour is all about ‘Family gatherings’ – and how to survive – and even enjoy – them when you have hearing loss.

If you have any concerns, questions, tips or experiences that you would like to share, join us on Twitter  tomorrow between 1pm and 2pm (GMT).

Autumn and winter bring many family gatherings and celebrations – Eid, Diwali, Halloween, Bonfire Night (UK), Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year – as well as the usual 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. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Lots of us with hearing loss 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. 


What is #HearingLossHour?  

#HearingLossHour provides peer support to people with hearing loss. There is also expert help available from Phonak 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 to include the hashtag, ‘#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:
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Author Details
Phonak hEARo, Angie is a freelance journalist and content writer. Angie was diagnosed with Otosclerosis in her right ear at the age of 30. In 2011, she suffered sudden profound hearing loss in her left ear. She uses a Phonak CROS II with a Phonak Audéo V hearing aid. You can follow Angie on Twitter @hearinglosshour and join in #HearingLossHour on the first Tuesday of the month.