Deaf and HoH holiday tips

Are you celebrating with any Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HoH) friends/family? Please consider these tips from @adventuresindeafed . Socializing was hard enough with my existing disabilities. I cannot choose whom to chat with, and I seldom eat in front of people. A standing cocktail or h’ors d’ouevres party is impossible for me. But as I started losing hearing (now deaf in L, HoH in R), it added another layer of reasons to feel isolated, even at a casual brunch with good friends. Single sided Deafness (SSD) makes it impossible to localize sound, or process layers of sound (eg if the TV is on and you’re talking to me, I will

not hear you. And if multiple people speak at once, I can’t understand.) I’m having more bad dreams about missing vital info at the doc bc of my hearing, and more social difficulty. It feels really bad just to miss a joke bc you can’t hear it. PLEASE, FRIENDS: if you are able to make your gathering more accessible, do so. 💗 #avmsurvivor #strokesurvivor #lifeismysport #learninghowtolive #deaf #hoh

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