One of the most difficult listening environments often mentioned by our patients at appointments is listening to conversations at a restaurant. Restaurants are filled with noise from the music and the clatter of plates to the hum of the many conversations taking place at the surrounding tables. All of these noises compete with each other which can make following the conversation at your table very difficult. Here are some tips to help you hear better and enjoy a night out!
Finally, turn on the technology. Many of today’s hearing aids have accessories or smart phone apps that help funnel and direct the conversation around your table right to your hearing aids. Some new smart hearing aids can even automatically adjust to a designated restaurant setting to help you hear clearer and better. Talk to your audiologist about what advanced settings and accessories are available with your hearing aids, because good food almost always means good conversation – and you don’t want to miss out!