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Eating out is one of life’s pleasures for many people, especially when you can take the opportunity to share good food with family and friends. People who have hearing loss often struggle with the restaurant environment because it is harder work to participate in conversations and hear what is going on when there is a lot of background noise. However, digital hearing aids, such as Oticons OPN hearing aids, can enable a much more pleasant experience.
If you need hearing aids, it can be tricky to find the right model for your lifestyle, and working with an experienced audiologist can enable you to try several different types to find the best fit. Oticon OPN hearing aids are designed with comfort in mind, and help to filter additional noises from your hearing experience, so are highly recommended for social situations such as eating out.
Tips On Eating Out With Hearing Loss
Eating in a restaurant should be a positive experience, and it is important to ensure that you continue to enjoy opportunities like this, as people with hearing loss often become isolated and even depressed. Seeking help for your hearing loss as soon as possible, and being determined to maintain social connections, can help you to enjoy a fun and rewarding life despite problems with your hearing.
Eating out with hearing loss is easiest if you:
- Wear your hearing aids at all times. If you require hearing aids, you should wear these at all times to increase your ability to participate in the world around you and reduce the likelihood of your hearing loss worsening.
- Sit in a light area. If you have hearing loss, you may find that lip-reading is a useful aid to your conversations, and this is easier in a well lit area. Think about where you can sit in a restaurant that will enable you to see the other members of your group most clearly.
- Consider your venue. Visiting a busy bar with lots of background noise may make it more difficult for you to enjoy eating out as you may struggle to hear your companions clearly. If you are selecting a restaurant or bar, consider somewhere that is quieter and may have less background noise, and remember that a group organiser will usually be able to accommodate your requests if you talk to them about your hearing needs. Most people are very happy to help!
Book A Free Hearing Test With Us At Hidden Hearing
If you are concerned about hearing loss, you can book a free hearing test with an experienced audiologist. Our friendly team will guide you through the process, and you can try a wide range of hearing aids to find the best solution for you and your lifestyle. Did you know that some hearing aids cannot be seen by other people when they are worn inside the ear?
Hidden Hearing is the leading private provider of hearing care solutions in Ireland, with a national network that includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. Pop into your local branch today, or contact Hidden Hearing online.