People with hearing loss often find themselves missing out on some of the grander things in life, such as going to concerts or eating in a popular restaurant. It’s because loud noises can disrupt the flow of conversation through the use of your hearing aids, especially when there is much more background noise than speech, and you withdraw or opt to stay at home in favour of these loud environments.
However, it just requires knowing what to do with your hearing aids in such a situation. This can help you attend any event you want to with ease and confidence, and you won’t have to miss out on anything due to your hearing health.
Going to a concert
Your first point of action should be to always contact the venue first and see if they offer anything specifically for those with hearing aids.
In an orchestral concert, for example, you really want to hear the classical sounds clearly. There could be designated areas that offer audio enhancement for those with hearing aids. If you’ve been supplied hearing aids for both ears, then use both for a more complete soundscape. Choosing a seat in the centre and closer towards the front should offer the most pure of sounds.
At a rock concert, you may want to remove your hearing aids as the amplified music should negate the need for hearing aids. Using them may result in an unbalanced ratio of background noise to music, you may hear sounds as more distorted than they are.
However, your ears are just as susceptible to hearing damage as everyone else’s – have a pair of earplugs handy in case the music is too loud. It’s important to look after the already-damaged sensitive hairs in your ear canals.
In a popular restaurant
Again, getting in touch with your restaurant of choice can help you determine the best place to be seated. Staff should know from experience which tables are generally quieter, and letting them know in advance can save both you and them a lot of hassle.
A brighter lit area could also help, as you can read lips more easily. Letting the waitress or waiter know you are hard of hearing can enhance the service you get, so you’re not feeling left out when the specials are announced.
Sometimes, it may help to choose a quieter restaurant, or have dinner out on a weekday instead, but it’s still important to acknowledge that you are still able to do the same activities as everyone else.
Lastly, you may still have trouble at these social events if your hearing aids aren’t performing well or the right fit for you. It’s important to get regular checks, so click here to make a booking for a no cost* consult, or call us on 1800 317 914.