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For people who have hearing loss, family dinners and gatherings can be challenging. Not only do multiple people tend to talk at once in these situations, but they also elevate their voices to be heard over each other.

Combine that with the clattering of dishes, scraping of chairs, and background music, and you have a scenario in which it is challenging for individuals with hearing loss to enjoy themselves. There are a number of ways you can make these noisy gatherings more enjoyable for you and your family if you have a tough time hearing out of one or both ears or if you use a hearing aid.

Have a Talk With Your Loved Ones First

It is essential that you discuss your hearing loss with your family before a big meal, so they can make adjustments to help you cope with the background noise. Your family can then do the things that will make communicating easier like facing you when they talk. It may seem like an awkward discussion to have, but it makes the meal a lot more enjoyable for everybody when you can actively engage.

Sit in The Center of The Table

Family tradition may stipulate that you sit at the head or near the end of the table at big meals, but those places make it more difficult for you to make out conversations. You will not have as hard of a time hearing conversations from the middle of the table. If there is a place at the table you know is best for you, don’t hesitate to tell your family your preference.

Ask That The Music be Turned Down

Having hearing loss makes it hard to filter out background noise and focus on speech which makes it an especially challenging issue. Ask your family to turn the music off or at least decrease the volume. If you’re in a restaurant, sit as far away from speakers as you can and away from loud places, like close to the kitchen, where you can hear the clattering of pots and pans.

Technology Can Help

An FM system or a directional microphone are helpful options if you don’t already have them. Both of these technologies can help you isolate background noise by facing away from it and amplifying the voices you want to hear to make out a conversation.

Don’t Attempt to Bluff Your Way Through

The only way your loved ones will know if you are struggling through a meal is if you inform them. A family gathering is a time for celebration, and your hearing impairment should never prevent you from joining in on the fun. If there are adjustments you need to make mid-meal, your loved ones will be glad to help out.

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