How to Host a Hearing-Friendly Holiday Dinner

The holidays are just around the corner, and the chances are good that you’ll have at least one guest with some hearing loss. Since you should be accommodating to all of your guests and make sure they are all comfortable, we have some helpful tips to help you put together a hearing-friendly holiday gathering.

Use a Round Table

The great thing about setting up a round table is that everyone faces each other, so loved ones with hearing loss can read lips and follow the dinner conversation.

Break Things Up into Separate Rooms

This will depend on your home’s layout, but your guests should be able to mingle in a few separate rooms. People who are hearing impaired often need to hold one-on-one conversations in relative privacy. A crowded room will only make it harder for them to focus on what is being said to them, so they should be able to move a conversation into an empty or nearly-empty room if need be.

Keep The Music Volume Low

If you’re going to play music at your holiday gathering, try to keep the volume low. Anything too loud that it drowns out most conversations is too loud, but even music kept at a “reasonable” level may be too distracting to someone with hearing loss. Music should be faint background noise at best. If you’re afraid that any extra sound will be too much, you can always turn the music off.

Use Plastic Utensils

The clinking of wine glasses and the scraping of metal forks might not seem like a big deal to you, but these sounds can make it difficult for someone with hearing loss to focus on what is happening around them. Plastic cups and cutlery might not eliminate all of the sounds at your dinner table, but they’ll be a lot quieter than your usual silverware and glasses. For bonus points, you’ll have fewer dishes to wash at the end of the night.

Call Us Today

We know the holidays can be stressful for everyone, especially those who live with hearing loss. If you have any questions about making your holiday hearing-friendly or have any concerns about your hearing, contact a specialist at Beltone Dallas Fort Worth today. We’ll be happy to assist you.