Tips to Hear Better in Noisy Places
Anyone who has a hearing loss knows that understanding speech in noisy settings can be a real challenge.
There are many assistive listening devices and instruments available that help in these settings, including hearing aids, remote microphones, FM amplifiers, wireless devices and “looping” of rooms. But there also some simple things that you can do to make listening and understanding easier.
Always try to get closer to the person talking. This is a valuable but underestimated technique. If you’re eight feet from someone and you move to within four feet, the voice is significantly louder and clearer. It’s also much easier to lipread, which can help more than you realize.
One at a time
Ask that only one person talk at a time. Cross-conversation presents one of the most difficult situations for people with hearing loss—and interrupting is rude.
In a restaurant
When you walk into a restaurant and hear loud music, what do you do? If you ask that the volume be turned down, the manager will probably comply and other diners will thank you!
Ask for the quietest table. Better yet, look for restaurants that encourage private conversations. Seat yourself in the center of your group, where it’s easier for you to see and hear everyone.
Unfortunately, there is a recent trend to surround dining areas with television screens that are both visually distracting and noisy. These places are best avoided if possible.
Many people feel they should have music on when entertaining people in their home. A gentle request to turn it off usually suffices. Television should be turned down or off, or try to move your conversation to a quieter area in the house.
Before you attend a lecture, call ahead to see if they have assistive listening devices available. Otherwise, this difficult setting may be too much of a challenge. However, sitting up front in one of the first few rows can also make a big difference.
Condensed with permission from The Consumer Handbook on Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids, Richard Carmen, editor, Auricle Ink.
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