One of those difficult listening situations is being able to hear in the presence of background noise – such as in a restaurant. That’s a major complaint, said VanHorn. She offers these suggestions to improve the situation:
- Sit with your back to the noise. This will help you focus fully on the conversation in front of you.
- Make reservations for a quiet spot. For example, ask to be seated away from the kitchen, restrooms and exits. You can be more engaged when surrounded by less traffic and less auditory/visual distractions. Booth seating is also a good option.
- Let your server know you have hearing loss.