Going to a restaurant should be a pleasure but if you have a hearing challenge it can be a stressful time. Here are our 5 top tips to help you have a better experience.
The Festive season is a very busy time of year for restaurants and pubs. Eating out is our most common past time. However, for many people it can be extremely dicult to hear and follow conversation, which surely is one of the main reasons for dining out in the rst place.
The situation has been made even worse in recent times thanks largely to the interior design trends for restaurants. It seems that very little consideration is given to the acoustics of the space and when exacerbated by ‘open kitchens’, background music and minimal soft furnishing the listening environment is dicult for everyone – whatever your hearing ability.
We don’t want to give up on going out so here are our 5 top tips for a Happy Hearing Dining Experience!
- Don’t leave it to chance
Choose a restaurant or pub that you are familiar with, or visit the venue before making a reservation. This will help you assess the dining options available and select a good table, away from obvious loud sound.
- Beat the crowds
Try and book a table as early as you can when it’s convenient for you. The earlier you go in the evening the quieter the restaurants will be and the music may
not start until later. Remember for some people listening in a noisy environment can be tiring after a while, so keep the evening short.
- Choose a table with care
It is often best for people who struggle to hear to select a table in the corner of the room or next to a wall. If you have your back to the wall and face your fellow diner/s, the wall helps to avoid noise from behind and allows you to focus on the conversation in front of you.
- Know your menu
Take a look at the menu before you go and check out the specials board on arrival. This avoids the awkwardness of not being able to hear the waiter when
they come and talk to you. If you know what you want to order before your waiter approaches you can escape that horror of not knowing what to say.
- Find a hearing buddy
Go with someone who understands what you can and cannot hear. Many people you meet may not actually be aware of your hearing loss and won’t know when to help you. Remember that hearing loss is invisible to others. It is therefore important to tell people so they can help you out where needed.