Coping with challenges of a noisy restaurant
For people with hearing loss, the experience of dining in a noisy restaurant is especially frustrating because the communication challenges can seem insurmountable. Hearing aids with sophisticated features that reduce background noise are beneficial, but only to a point. Diners who are deaf or hard of hearing often struggle to such a degree that they find themselves avoiding restaurants altogether.
CHC’s Dining Out Toolkit
CHC’s Dining Out Toolkit takes a comprehensive approach – making use of the latest hearing technology, simple communication strategies and amazing apps that can guide you to quieter restaurants.
Use Hearing Technology – Your first line of defense is your hearing aids. Modern hearing aids are equipped with noise reduction circuitry and directional microphones which are helpful, but only to a point. Most likely you’ll still face some challenges. That’s why CHC audiologist Dr. Ellen Lafargue recommends you use assistive devices to further minimize the din and bring you closer to the source of sound. Read more.
Apply Simple Communication Tips – Your ability to hear and communicate in a restaurant is also dependent on environmental factors and the manner in which you communicate with staff. In her latest Sound Advice blog post, Ruth Bernstein shares communication strategies designed to lessen the stress and dial up the enjoyment. Read more.
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