Hearing Loss and Isolation Tips
Hearing loss can be extremely socially isolating in normal times, but the newly announced social distancing rules make things harder. How can people with a hearing loss stay as active, engaged and productive as possible during this difficult time of isolation?
Here are some suggestions.
1. Set up a routine. It may not be the one you are used to, but having a set time to wake up, time for fitness, eating meals and do some work in the house can help you avoid slipping into lethargy. Schedule time for yourself and relaxation so you keep your body and mind healthy and alert. Try meditating to relieve stress and promote a feeling of well-being. Now may be the best time to start a new hobby, that exercise video you always wanted to try, that jigsaw puzzle that's been under the stairs since Christmas......
2. Reach out to loved ones and friends. While meeting in person is not an option at the moment, why not commit to speaking to at least one person each day? Contact that long lost friend you are always meaning to see but never have time. You are definitely more likely to catch them at home in the next few weeks! Talking on the phone can be difficult when you have a hearing loss, but using FaceTime or Skype can help with lipreading.
3. Learn something new. Use your time to take an online course. Several online places offer free online classes. Take a virtual museum tour or view an online collection. Or simply read that book you’ve had on the shelf for years.
4. Keep moving. Make sure you maintain your exercise routine through online classes or YouTube videos. Many of these are completely free. Or make your own exercise plan.
5. Review your emergency plans. Make sure you have plenty of batteries for your hearing devices on hand and that your chargers are easy to locate. Also stock up on wax traps, we are offering a completely FREE cleaning kit for hearing aids, even if you didn't buy them from us. If you need food, medicine or other necessities, try to have them delivered instead of heading to the shops. Many grocery stores and pharmacies offer delivery on a regular basis.
6. Prepare a medical communication kit. Should you need to seek medical attention, call first. At Wigan Hearing we offer remote programming so we can make adjustments online with no need to leave the house in some cases! We also have many videos and blogs that can help you. Please feel free to reach out if you need assistance!