Turkey day is almost here, which is really just the start to the holiday dinner season. In Cedar Park, 50 percent of all families have at least one family member at the table with hearing loss. Below are a few tips your Cedar Park audiologist has put together to make the holiday season more enjoyable for everyone.
The key is to prevent the noise before it starts. Try setting aside a room just for the kids to play in. This way they can be as loud as they want without disturbing others. Speaking of disturbing the peace, consider turning the television on in a separate room. That way, those who want to watch their beloved Cowboys (or Texans, depending on who you talk to) can cheer as loudly as they want without interfering in the conversations happening throughout the rest of the party.
Setting the Dining Room
Once you have separated the noise-makers from the rest of your dinner guests, it is time to focus your attention on how to organize the dining room. Your Cedar Park audiologist recommends the following:
- Turn down (or off) the holiday music, at least during the meal. This just leads to additional background noise that needs to get filtered out
- Remove candles and centerpieces from the table; while beautiful, they add unnecessary obstacles for those that rely on lip reading
- Keep the dining room as bright as possible; close the curtains and bring extra floor lamps if necessary
- Make a seating plan to accommodate those with hearing loss
- Seat them as far as possible from the kids table and the kitchen
- Seat them at the end of the table so they can see the entire party
- Do not clear the dishes until everyone is done eating; clanging dishes create a lot of noise
If you follow all of these tips, you will throw a party that even the most judgmental of in-laws would be proud of.