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Response to Elmer1007 (Reply #58)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:05 PM

72. It should be handled in a way that accommodates both parties,

with the least amount of disruption.

If the family (or adult with a vocalization disability) is there first, and you recognize it as you are being taken to a nearby table, you can ask to be seated in a different - less noisy - section because you need a lower background noise level to be able to hear. You can also be proactive - when you arrive at a restaurant you can ask to be seated in the location that will have minimal back ground noises - and (if possible) to not have later-arriving customers seated near you if it is apparent that they might be noisier than average.

My mother always sits in the indoor "patio" section of her retirement community's dining hall because the back ground noise inside the dining hall makes it impossible for her to hear the conversations at our table.

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