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Gearing up for the 2018 Olympics with Hearing Loss

Friday, December 22, 2017 11:07:34 AM Australia/Melbourne

Gearing up for the 2018 Olympics with Hearing LossWe still have a couple of months to go, and there’s always that chance that they don’t happen, but without any roadblocks, the 2018 Olympics kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea on February 9. The Olympics are the oldest tradition in modern history, dating back thousands of years to when athletes challenged the gods in Olympia, Greece. While god may not be competing today, that’s not to say that world class talent doesn’t take the arena every four years. Not only that, but the Olympics have been known to showcase some truly memorable and magical moments, bringing countries together.


All that aside, let’s call out the obvious – the Olympics are a crazy, noisy, rambunctious couple of weeks. Not an idea stage for someone suffering from hearing loss. While you can certainly see what’s playing out in the front of you, there are elements of an experience like this one that can not only detract from your attendance, but potentially irritate and damage your hearing. That’s why, today, Hearlink would like to discuss ways to maximize your experience, so that you too can take home the gold.


Let’s start with packing. Make sure that you have every piece of your hearing aid, including back-up batteries. If you’ve been forewarned by your audiologist or general doctor that you MIGHT be facing hearing loss, do not chance it here. Instead make sure that you’re taking advantage of the craze sweeping the nation this year – hearables. Hearables, as you might recall, take the guesswork out of your hearing. Though they’re not designed specifically for those with hearing loss, they amplify your hearing experience and can even link to other electronic devices and apps.


Once your packing is complete, do your travel due diligence. Alert your airline either through the app or online that you may be hard of hearing. If you require certain accommodations, they will definitely be able to assist. If not, they’ll still appreciate the heads up and put you in a seat where any impact will be limited. It’s helpful if you do this for the hotel as well. Their goal is to make sure that you have a great time, so you’re not putting them out whatsoever.


Finally, the big day, the main event. Bring. Your. Headphones. If you have your hearing aid ready to roll, that’s great. These are an extra precaution. Think of the small babies that you see at rock concerts or athletic events. Chances are good that they’re wearing giant headphones to protect their fragile ears. While you may not be their age anymore, think of your ears as being just as fragile. The decibels reached in Olympic arenas are staggering and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Know that bringing your headphones does not detract from your experience, it just ensures that you’ll still have hearing when you return home after your Olympics adventure.


Questions? Comments? Give us a shout. The Hearlink team would love to hear from you.

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Hearlink Admin