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06

Dec
2018

In Arts & Lifestyle

By Rosie Williams

Communication tips for the festive season

On 06, Dec 2018 | In Arts & Lifestyle | By Rosie Williams

During the festive season, people tend to find themselves in busy, noisy and distracting environments more often than they might throughout the rest of the year. This can be quite overwhelming or stressful for someone experiencing hearing loss so we have some useful tips to make those events and occasions enjoyable for everyone.

 

Setting the dinner table

If you have a hearing loss, or are hosting a dinner party with a guest who has hearing loss, you’ll want to make sure the table arrangements are suitable for everyone.

This might mean ensuring those with hearing loss are placed further away from the kitchen or music speakers. It may be that someone has a stronger side and would rather sit with the majority of people on one side so make sure that is arranged early on.

Sight plays a big role in communicating clearly so making sure people have a clear view of everyones faces so they can clearly see if someone is talking to them and clearly see their facial expressions.

 

Setting the atmosphere

Background noise itself can cause a problem for those experiencing hearing loss, especially because people tend to speak even louder when there is some background noise. Try to reduce noise by lowering music volume, avoiding plate and pan clattering and if possible, spreading people out so they aren’t all shouting over each other in one place.

 

Utilising sight for better communication

Sight is really important to those with hearing loss, particularly because many hearing aids are directional and may not pick up on someone speaking nearby unless they are facing the direction of the person.

Being able to see peoples faces makes it easier to recognise when someone is speaking, as well as reading facial expressions, lips and body language. Ensure the lighting is not too dark and remove any table obstructions (such as candles) so everyone can clearly see everyone elses face on the table.

 

Don’t be afraid to ask

It’s best for everyone if you can let people know you have a hearing loss and how they can best help you in noisy environments. If you are unable to do that, you could let the host of the event know so that the environment can be adapted to suit you.

Don’t be afraid to ask someone to speak up, or to ask for the background noise to be turned down.

 

Learn more

To get more tips on communication throughout the festive season, you can read the full guide from Oticon here.

Want to check your hearing? Take our free online hearing test.

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Speak to an Audiologist

If you would like some advice or would like to have your hearing tested by an Audiologist, get in touch with us at Cubex to arrange an appointment.

Speak to an Audiologist >

 

 

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“He was not of an age, but for all time!” Ben Johnson

On 20, Apr 2016 | In Arts & Lifestyle | By Jerusha Shulberg

Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

This month marks the birth and death anniversary of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s creative transcends cultures and continues to influence a global culture 400 years after his death.

The actual date of Shakespeare’s actual birth remains unknown, but, traditionally, his birthday is celebrated on April 23rd (St George’s Day).

Like his birth, William Shakespeare’s exact date of death is not known for sure. It is assumed that he died on his 52nd birthday. There is only a record of his burial on 25 April 1616, at Holy Trinity Church. Stratford Upon Avon.

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we thought we’d share some of the cultural events that are happening in honour of this legendary playwright and poet.

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01

Dec
2015

In News

By Jerusha Shulberg

Hearing loss treatment can help you to stay socially connected and live longer!

On 01, Dec 2015 | In News | By Jerusha Shulberg

A recent study looking to understand life longevity has identified social connectivity as an important characteristic among those who live the longest. Unfortunately, hearing loss can sometimes prevent people from doing the things they enjoy the most with the people who matter most and this can impact their social connections. Fortunately, by pro-actively treating hearing loss, everyone can continue to live a long, healthy life with strong social connections.

Social Connectivity – A Lesson for Living Longer

*In 2004, Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s leading longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better. In these Blue Zones they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.

After identifying the world’s Blue Zones, Dan and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics.
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Summer 2015 Open Air Theatre, Regents Park

On 11, Aug 2015 | In Arts & Lifestyle | By Jerusha Shulberg

Summer is here and another Regents Park Open Air Theatre season embraces us.

London’s only professional outdoor theatre offers a range of productions set in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Park.
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Camden Fringe 2015

On 28, Jul 2015 | In Arts & Lifestyle | By Jerusha Shulberg

We look forward to seeing David Forest, friend and patient of Cubex, at the Camden Fringe this year.

This 50-minute show features eleven of David Forest’s own songs, which he performs at the piano. Playing with Myself describes David’s experiences as a gay man from the closet of the 1950s (I’m in love with Tyrone Power) to the liberated 2010s (Lovely Young Men in My Flat). David’s self-deprecating humour appeals to women and men, young and old alike.

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