Whether you enjoy simple card games or overly complex board games, hearing loss doesn’t need to stop you from enjoying your next game night. Take a look at our list of helpful tips to manage your hearing loss for the best game night yet.
Choose a Good Seating Arrangement
People with hearing loss often have trouble understanding others when they are turned around or not directly facing the listener. A good seating arrangement can help ensure everyone remains in view.
Consider opting for a round table over a rectangular one. Round tables provide the best view of each seat, allowing for better understanding and communication.
If a round table is not an option, choose a centrally located seat where you can see the largest number of people.
Keep Game Night Small
Hearing loss can make it difficult to understand conversations between multiple people. Opting for a small game night with just a few of your closest friends will make it easier to understand those around you. If you’re attending game night with many people, consider asking the large group to be split into smaller groups of three to four.
Turn Down the Music
You may have noticed that it is easier to understand your family or friends at home than during a busy dinner at City Tavern. This happens because excessive background noise can interfere with your ability to understand a conversation.
Music can have a similar effect as a busy restaurant. Consider turning the music down or off to provide a better environment for clear communication.
Wear Your Hearing Aids
Approximately 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids. The small but technologically advanced devices have a microphone that collects sound, an amplifier or processor that raises its volume and a speaker that transmits it directly to the ear canal.
While they can’t stop things from getting overly competitive, hearing aids can raise the volume of speech sounds and reduce background noise to ensure more accessible communication through your next game night.
For more information on managing and treating your hearing loss, contact ENT Specialists Of Northern Virginia today to make an appointment with one of our specialists.