The holidays can be hard for everyone, and they can be especially difficult for the Deaf and those with hearing loss.

Knowing how to communicate with a loved one who is Deaf or has hearing loss might seem challenging, but tools and resources are available to help. In this article, we go over some great ideas to make the holidays more enjoyable for everyone.

Use ASL to Communicate With a Deaf Person

Even if you are not familiar with American Sign Language (ASL), tools like this app can make learning ASL easier. What’s most important is to keep moving forward on the two-way road of communication!

The ASL App

The ASL app is all about teaching you conversational ASL. Packed with 2,500+ signs and phrases, easy navigation and features, with different signers, The ASL App is designed to make learning easy, accessible, and fun. Start signing today!

Communicate Without Sign Language

If you don’t have time to learn ASL, you can use this voice-to-text app right from your phone!

Cardzilla

Cardzilla is a fast & simple way to display your messages in large text. Communicate across distances. Pass messages silently. Grab attention when sound isn’t an option!

Make Phone Conversations Easier

The CaptionCall phone and service displays captions on a large, easy-to-read screen. It’s easy—you dial and answer calls just like you always have.

CaptionCall by Sorenson

If you or a loved one has hearing loss that necessitates the need for telephone captioning, qualify by clicking here or visiting an audiologist to ask them about CaptionCall.

Olelo by Sorenson

Everyone is on the go during the holidays, and captioned phone calls can be too. Anyone who qualifies for CaptionCall service can use our mobile app that allows clear, captioned conversations wherever you are.

Enjoy a Movie Together During the Holidays

If you are in the mood to relax and watch a movie, here are some great titles to enjoy over the holiday.

CODA (Apple+)

CODA is a 2021 coming-of-age, comedy-drama film that follows a hearing teenage girl who is a child of Deaf adults (CODA for short).

The Sound of Metal (Amazon Prime)

Metal drummer Ruben begins to lose his hearing. When a doctor tells him his condition will worsen, he thinks his career and life is over.

The Eternals (Disney+)

The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, The Deviants. The film features the first Deaf Marvel superhero, Makkari, played by Lauren Ridloff. Our sister company Sorenson Communications interviewed Lauren for their amazing frame.influence series. Watch below.

The Holidays Are for Everyone

The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all answer on how to make the holidays enjoyable. But with the above tools and resources, you can make an effort to include everyone. At the end of the holiday (or any day!), effort is a gift that anyone can appreciate.