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.

Troubleshooting Essentials Every Hearing Aid User Should Be Aware Of

“My hearing aids don’t aren’t clear or loud enough.”

“My device is whistling.”

“I’m getting unclear, distorted sounds from my device.”

“My hearing aid is performing inconsistently.”

If you use an assisted hearing device, you might expect to be faced with such concerns or any other issues related to the function or performance of your device at some point of time.

In general, the very first thing that comes to your mind when you’re bothered by the function of your hearing aid is to call your audiologist for an appointment.   Continue reading “Troubleshooting Essentials Every Hearing Aid User Should Be Aware Of”

Improving the Life of a Hearing Impaired Child at School

Hearing loss can put a school age child in a completely challenging situation. Performing classroom activities, learning new things, communicating with teachers and other children in class can be far more difficult for a hearing impaired child than other kids.

However, with the right support system and a well-though out education plan, the affected child can not only learn things without difficulties but excel in school.

Here are a few things that will make sure your child thrive at school despite his/her hearing impairment. Continue reading “Improving the Life of a Hearing Impaired Child at School”

The Impact of Hearing Loss on Your Lifestyle—Know the Major Causes

Have you ever experienced a buzzing sound in your ears after a party or a really loud concert? This condition is known as tinnitus which usually lasts until your ears get back to normalcy and re-adjust the sound levels.  If you are frequently exposed to loud music then you might become to a serious condition called Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). NIHL is most common among children these days as they are most exposed to loud noise in schools, their personal music system and the television sets making this problem even worse. Continue reading “The Impact of Hearing Loss on Your Lifestyle—Know the Major Causes”

Should Hearing Loss Be Blamed for Your Poor Psychosocial Health?

Hearing loss is not just the inability to hear your loved ones, enjoy your favourite TV shows or listen to your favourite music. If left untreated, the condition may put a lot more at stake than just your hearing ability and health.

Several recent research and studies show strong links between hearing loss and mental health. It’s been proved that untreated hearing loss certainly has a profound effect on the sufferer’s cognitive state, resulting in social isolation, depression, loneliness and anxiety. Continue reading “Should Hearing Loss Be Blamed for Your Poor Psychosocial Health?”

Making a Safe Purchase with These Considerations for Buying Hearing Aids Online

There’s no denying that investing in quality hearing aids can be expensive. But it doesn’t necessarily mean, online suppliers and dealers offering cheap hearing aids are all shady and deceitful.

In fact, buying hearing aids online doesn’t have to be a challenging or disadvantageous if you have a few imperative considerations at your fingertips while shopping online.

So, what are these considerations? Let’s take a look Continue reading “Making a Safe Purchase with These Considerations for Buying Hearing Aids Online”

Practical Ways You Can Improve Communication for the Hearing Aid Wearer Around You

Life is full of challenges and it doesn’t get any easier for the hard of hearing. Communication with and to a hearing impaired person comes so difficult.

Though hearing aids like Starkey and Phonak hearing aids have been a godsend to the hard of hearing, the advanced hearing device alone would not successfully help the wearer in all listening situations and environments. People around them need to be generous and caring enough too. Continue reading “Practical Ways You Can Improve Communication for the Hearing Aid Wearer Around You”