Socialising at restaurants should be an enjoyable activity, a good chance to get together with friends and family and talk. But for some people, it can be an exhausting chore as they try to understand everything being said at the table, especially if the chosen restaurant is noisy.
It’s a fashion thing
The trendier the restaurant, the more likely this is to be a problem. The desire for minimalist, vogue interiors is a fashion trend that has led toward restaurants becoming louder and too uncomfortable for some diners living with hearing loss.
“Table for two in the echo chamber please”
As a result of the noise created in these cavernous, echoing chambers, patrons with hearing loss are boycotting such loud restaurants. It’s being reported that after an unpleasant experience at a loud establishment where diners with hearing loss were unable to communicate with ease, these people have decided not to go back and are urging others in the community to join them in their refusal to suffer in silence, or in cacophony as the case may be.
It’s not just you
A recent study found that 90 percent of people with difficulty hearing felt that background noise was the biggest problem they faced when dining out.
Of those surveyed, 79 percent stated that they’d left an establishment early due to noise levels, and 91 percent of those asked said they’d never choose to go back to such a noisy venue. But 76 percent said they would dine out at restaurants more often if the noise levels were lower. When asked if they thought restaurants had become louder in the past five years, 77 percent replied in the affirmative.
It’s by design
Paul Breckell, Chief Executive of UK charity Action on Hearing Loss, puts the increase in volume down to background music and also the hard surfaces of modern, contemporary design. As Paul explains, it’s not just people with hearing loss who are avoiding noisy restaurants, “I know that this resonates with people whether they have got a hearing loss or not.”
Paul puts the increase in volume down to background music and also the hard surfaces of modern, contemporary design. So, it makes sense for restaurants to make changes if they wish to lure customers back.