- Go to the place ahead of time so you know the environment
- Ask others who have been there before for advice
- Ask for a table in the quietest part of the restaurant when you make the reservation
- Think about where at the table you want to sit to hear best
Plan your day
Sometimes communication just happens. You may bump into a friend in a shop, or your neighbor starts a conversation in the garden. These situations can be hard to predict and control. Other situations can be planned so that you can make the most of them. Think about where you will be going and what that environment is like. Will there be a lot of background noise? Is there one person in particular you would like to hear well? Plan how you will manage the situation before you get there.
For example, you can:
Nicky has had a hearing loss since birth. She finds it hard to communicate in many situations. She does not let that stop her though, and she copes well socially. In this video, she shares what she does to make sure she can hear well when she and her husband go out to restaurants.
John has had a severe hearing loss for many years and got cochlear implants late in life. This has improved his hearing and made it easier for him to communicate. As a lawyer, he plans his day so that he can be sure to understand what his clients are saying. Here he talks about how he plans for meetings in restaurants.