Originally Published: October 29, 2016 6 a.m.
The article the Courier entitled “Tips for the hard of hearing..” was an excellent heads up for many folks here in Prescott. We have a somewhat larger than most population of hearing aid wearers (mostly due to age). These devices are truly amazing and have made daily life far less stressful for many of us. This article correctly pointed out that rooms with tile floor, high ceilings and loud noises can be problematic. Carpeting, curtains, acoustic ceilings and moderate music levels make life more pleasant for all, especially those wearing hearing aids.
I have often heard it said that older folks are not supporting local restaurants. This noise level is the reason many stay away. If it is difficult to carry on a conversation or even hear what a server is asking why patronize such a place. Music levels are another part of the problem. The music is so loud we must speak louder to our companions which raises the sound level. Then the music is turned up to be heard over the chatter. Then the chatter gets louder. Then .... you get the idea.
I hope the local businesses pay attention to this and work to lower the sound levels in their establishments and that will, in turn, encourage many more to bring friends into that business or restaurant. It would be a God-send to enjoy a nice meal without straining to hear others or to feel it necessary to shout to each other.
Please remember those of us wearing hearing aids are not deaf. We just wish to hear what you are saying so we can be more courteous in our responses. Thanks for “hearing” me.