Post # 1
I have a few guests that have a hard time hearing and I want to consider this when doing my seating chart. I can’t decide if I should put them near the speakers so they can hear the toasts and announcements, or seat them farther away from the speakers so they can hear the dinner conversation over the background music. Can anyone with hearing problems tell me what they prefer? They have a range of ages (28-82) and some of them wear hearing aids while some don’t…I don’t know if that matters. Thanks!
Post # 3
That is so, SO thoughtful of you 🙂 You sound like a gracious host. I am sorry I don’t have any advice really, except to say that I have a hard time with background noise, so I’d personally prefer to be seated away from a speaker. Maybe check with those guests directly? Again, so sweet of you to even think of them!
Post # 4
I LOVE that you are thinking about this!!! So many people do not consider things such as this. I am hearing impaired. I wear hearing aids and lip read (when people look at me, so many people talk looking everywhere else and it drives me nuts!).
Unfortunately, to answer your question, it’s a little complicated. It really depends on the type of hearing loss. For example, I “hear” sounds just as loud as everyone else; I have a frequency problem. It’s sort of like those mosquito cell phone rings that only teenagers can hear – there are certain frequencies that I’m deaf to, but I hear noise at the same level. Does that make sense?
I would suggest checking with individual guests directly. I’m sure they will not feel offended whatsoever. I can’t even think of a reason they would be!
I can guess that most Deaf/deaf/HOH people would not want to be placed anywhere near the DJ though! lol