by Dr. Andrea Reynolds
Audiologist with Kentucky Ear, Nose and Throat, A Part of Lexington Clinic


The holiday season is a time for gathering with family and friends. During these gatherings, it is essential your hearing health is at its best – you don’t want to miss out on any conversation! To keep yourself in the loop of party chatter, follow the tips below.

Don’t be afraid to speak up
If you are feeling left out in a conversation because you have a hard time hearing or understanding, don’t be afraid to let other participants of the conversation know. Only you know what you are hearing or understanding and you need to let others know if you are missing or misunderstanding what is being said.

Ask family and friends for help
If you regularly have trouble hearing, ask the people at the gathering to make sure they have your attention before speaking to you. It is also a good idea to ask family and friends to communicate with you face-to-face when possible.

Keep the holiday music turned down
If you are having a party, holiday music is a must! But if you experience hearing loss, make sure to keep the music turned down low, as it can be a distraction when trying to converse with guests and may make you miss an important part of the conversation.

Pay attention to your position
When at a party or large gathering, make sure you are always positioned to where you can best see the crowd and make eye contact with other attendees. This will better allow you to keep up with the conversations going on and know when you are being addressed.

Make an appointment to see if a hearing aid is right for you
The best way to make sure your hearing is at its best is to schedule an appointment with an audiologist before the holiday season starts. They can determine if a hearing instrument is needed and fit you with a hearing instrument that best fits your individual needs.

If you feel you are experiencing signs and symptoms of hearing loss, or have questions about a hearing assessment, contact an audiologist today. Please call (859) 977-1178 or visit

Andrea Reynolds, AuD, CCC-A, is an audiologist for The Hearing Store and Kentucky Ear, Nose and Throat, a part of Lexington Clinic. She is certified in Audiology by the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and the American Speech and Hearing Association. She provides services in audiologic evaluations, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, otoacoustic emission testing, auditory brainstem response testing and balance assessment.