How To Survive A Cocktail Party When You Have Hearing Loss

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The latest from one of our guest contributors, Shari Eberts.

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#2

My way to handle it is to turn the volume down on my aids and just nod and smile.

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#3

agreed, but you must nod knowingly. :slight_smile:

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#4

I will try to remember these tips.
Getting newer aids will hopefully help with this situation.
I have backed off from going to these type of events. It is very hard work and frustrating. Even family members who love me refrain from visits, very frustrating for everyone!

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#5

Thanks for these tips. Like other posters I tend to avoid parties. I’ve experimented with various settings on my aids (like switching to Restaurant mode and focusing the detection forward) to little avail. I do think it’s a good idea to tell people you’re talking to that your hearing-impaired and if you don’t look entirely happy it’s not their fault!

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#6

I like the Phonak directional program, front facing, and then I try to position so I am facing the person with a wall behind them, or at least fewer sound sources behind them. I want the noise sources behind me and the person I want to hear in front of me. I can handle just about anything with that method.

The Rexton/Signia/Costco KS8 also has a very good directional program and you can narrow the beam down to very narrow.

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#7

Turn up. Down a quick drink. Say hello to everyone important then leave. And yes, smile and nod knowingly.

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#8

I think with newer technology like deep learning, there’s definitely chance that this can be improved where human speech is better targeted for amplification.

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#9

Be careful with the nod and smile… they may have just told you someone died. Not always that bad but still very embarrassing. There was this lady who showed me a picture of a very old lady - perhaps her mother? The crowd was noisy and I hadn’t a clue what she was saying. Did she die, or did she celebrate her 100s birthday? I’ll never know.

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#10

Thanks, just set up the “Speech in Noise” as a manual program.

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