Dining out with the hearing impaired? Here Are Some Useful Tips

Restaurants have always been a noisy yet entertaining place to hang out with your family, friends and loved ones. Believe it or not, noisy environments for some diners and eateries make for a fun atmosphere.

While every individual would be excited about dining out in general, it can be a bit of challenge for a person with hearing loss to communicate in such a loud setting, sometimes even for people with normal hearing.

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So, here we have gathered a couple of tips to make it easier for the hearing impaired and people accompanying them to a restaurant to enjoy the provided environment and avoid communication problems.

Be smart about your choice

When it comes to dining out with people with hearing loss, you have to look beyond the food, taste décor or ambience.

No matter how tempted you’re to the classy décor or comprehensive menu of the restaurant you last visited, you must make sure the restaurant you pick is hearing-loss-friendly in the first place.

Here are a few pointers for you to make a better choice

  • Avoid a restaurant with hard surfaces and high ceilings as they make for a reverberant environment.
  • Pick a well-lit spot which allows to easily see verbal clues like facial expressions and body language of the speaker.

Ditch the table, go for a booth

Booth seating is typically created to make more room for comfort and privacy while lessening the noises around.

A booth with high hacks or surfaces will help draw environmental sounds out of your conversation so that you can easily hear people around you and communicate effectively with them.

Avoid sitting in areas around the kitchen

Sit near the kitchen, particularly those with an open-design, and you will only make it harder for yourself to communicate in the already noisy atmosphere of the restaurant.

Reserve a booth as far as possible from the kitchen of the diner so that you don’t have to struggle to hear others and be active part of conversations.

Additional Tip

While most advanced hearing devices like  Siemens hearing aids ad Starkey assistive listening devices to name a few are optimised for noisy and challenging environments, it is advisable to sit with your back toward the wall or source of unwanted background noise. Also, it will be helpful if your companions too sit with their back against the wall so that there is only one sound for you to focus on.

Adhere to these considerations when dining out and you will sure make for a better and enjoyable dining experience.

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