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Listeners: 4 Types

4 Types of Listeners:  What are you?

  1.  People-oriented:  Focus on feelings of others and the importance of relationships.  They enjoy humor and examples.
  2.  Action-oriented:  Focus on task as hand and what needs to happen.  They are problem solvers and focus on who, what, when and where it will get done.
  3.  Time-oriented:  Focus on efficiency and facts.  They just want the important details to make it clear and concise.
  4.  Content-oriented:  Focus carefully on content from different viewpoints.  They want evidence to back up the facts.

    What type of listener are you?

Listening allows you to correctly interpret what you hear.  Listening skills can degrade as your hearing declines.  Practice focused listening for short time intervals each day to strengthen these skills.  Good listening skills will help if you have reduced hearing!

Restaurant Noise Review – Kitchen, Chapel Hill, NC

Kitchen, Chapel Hill, NC, Tuesday, April 26, 2015, 7:30 pm

Restaurant Noise Decibel Reading:  78 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Washing Machine

Conversation:  Raised Voices Necessary

Rating:     speaker-red   speaker-red   speaker-red

Comments:     Initially, restaurant noise did not interfere.  We were able to chat easily since we arrived early at this cozy French Bistro. But as the evening progressed, there was much more restaurant noise – and much more difficulty following conversationsKITCHEN-CHAPEL-HILL sm.  Contributing to this noisy competition were the closely set tables and high ceilings that created a noisy interference with your neighbor.  I would suggest coming to this delightful restaurant at an earlier time with less interference and enjoy your dining with easier conversations!  Choose your table wisely!

 

Restaurant Noise Review: Lucia, Durham, NC

Lucia Bar Italiano, Durham, NC, Saturday, November 7, 2015, 7:30 pm

Decibel Reading:  79 dB     Sound Equivalent:  City Traffic

Conversation:  Raised Voices Necessary

Rating:  speaker-red  speaker-red  speaker-red

Comments: Restaurant noise interferes with conversation. Lucia’s is a delightful open area restaurant with very high ceilings and wide expanse of windows reflecting on mirrors – all of which create poor acoustics for conversation.  The open bar created additional noise that echoed throughout the dining area.  When asked for a quiet location, we were seated in a corner booth away from the bar and center tables.  Yet, even though we were in a corner booth, it was difficult to hear each other.  Frequent repetitions were necessary along with raised voices. We were there to celebrate an event, yet could not engage each other in meaningful conversation. Enjoyed the food but would recommend going at a less busy time if you desire conversation.   

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Restaurant Noise Review: The Cheesecake Factory, Durham, NC

The Cheesecake Factory, Durham, NC, Saturday, October 3, 7:30 pm

Decibel Reading:  78 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Washing Machine

Conversation:  Raised voices necessary

Rating:    speaker-red   speaker-red   speaker-red

Comments:  The restaurant was crowded and noise was bouncing around in all directions:  the open bar, patrons waiting to be seated as well as full dining tables all contributing to the noise Cheesecake Factory smoverload. Fortunately, we were seated in a booth away from the bar and waiting area – which helped subdue the overall noise levels.  This was “peak” dining time with the noise to prove it.  Surprisingly – once we were in the booth, we were able to converse with only a few repetitions and raised voices.  The upholstered booths were able to isolate some of the noise from the open bar and waiting patrons.  Enjoyed the food, but would recommend off-peak hours if you want an easier time conversing together during dinner!

Restaurant Noise Review – Tupelo Honey Cafe, Raleigh, NC

Tupelo Honey Cafe, Raleigh, NC, Monday, July 13, 2015, 7:30 pm

Decibel Reading:  70 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Quiet Passenger Car

Conversation:  Easy

Rating:   speaker-green

Comments:   Easy conversation for this dinner on weekday!  It appears that the design of this restaurant was purposeful for easy conversation.  Separating adjacent booths with wood andtupelo honey cafe sm glass partitions and using small groupings of tables kept the intrusion of other conversations from interfering in your own.  No eavesdropping here!  Great place to linger over a good meal and enjoy conversation.

 

 

Restaurant Noise Review: Fishmongers, Durham, NC

Fishmongers – Durham, NC – Tuesday, May 3, 2015, 7pm  

Decibel Reading:  76 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Chamber Music

Conversation:  Raised voices and repetitions necessary

Rating:    speaker-red   speaker-red   speaker-red

Comments:  Hard to follow our group of 4 when talking together.  The wide open restaurant area with expansive windows and high ceilings made frequent repetitions necessary – even at non-peak restaurant hours.  Hard surfaces such as wooden chairs/tables and floors caused the reverberation that interfered with our conversation.  Enjoyed the food but were frustrated with poor continuity of our conversation.

Restaurant Noise Review: Bonefish Grill – Durham, NC

Just want a nice meal and conversation?  Use our restaurant reviews as a resource when planning an evening out to know what your ears can expect!

Bonefish Grill, Durham, NC – Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6:30 pm

Decibel Reading:  75 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Dishwasher

Conversation:  Occasionally Difficult

Rating:   speaker-yellow    speaker-yellow      Bonefish pic

Comments:  We found conversation to be pleasant with occasional difficulty.  The absence of loud background music was a plus as we were seated in a booth which offset the overall restaurant noise interference to a minimum.  Being near the entrance resulted in more activity and restaurant noise but we were able to follow our conversation without too many repetitions because we were in a booth. The separation of the bar and kitchen areas from the dining area kept the restaurant noise interference to a minimum.  We enjoyed the food and found Bonefish Grill to be a place to enjoy a nice meal and conversation if you are selective in your seating.

 

 

 

 

Restaurant Noise Review: Weathervane @ Southern Season, Chapel Hill, NC

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Weathervane, Chapel Hill, NC, Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 7pm

Decibel Reading:  70 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Quiet Passenger Car

Conversation:  Easy

Rating:  speaker-green

Comments:  Enjoyed easy conversation for the entire dinner with a hard of hearing family member!   The design of this restaurant assists with noise control:  Upholstered booths and barriers to separate the chatter as well as moderate height ceilings and good table spacing. There was no interference from the kitchen area and the bar was in a separate location which kept the extra noise away from diners.  It was not overly busy, which helped with the noise levels. This restaurant is on our list to return to connect, socialize and enjoy good food – especially over the holidays!  http://www.opentable.com/weathervane-restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restaurant Noise Review: Outback Steakhouse

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Outback Steakhouse, Durham, NC, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7 pm

Decibel Reading:  79 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Alarm Clock

Conversation:  Raised voices and repetitions necessary

Rating:  speaker-red    speaker-red    speaker-red

Comments:  We were fortunate to be seated at a booth along the perimeter – which reduced some of the dining activity/noise.  However, this booth did not have the typical cushions that assist in absorbing noise.  Hard floors and lots of activity at a nearby bar and birthday celebration contributed to the overall interference of conversation.  Although we enjoyed the food, perhaps a different time would have been better to catch up with a family member.  Frequent repetitions were necessary and frustrating.

 

 

 

Restaurant Noise Review: Watts Grocery Restaurant

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Watts Grocery Restaurant, Durham, NC, Sunday, October 26, 2014,  7pm

Decibel Reading:  79 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Alarm Clock

Conversation:  Raised voices and repetitions necessary

Rating:  speaker-red   speaker-red   speaker-red

Comments:  The very high, open ceiling leads to a lot of echoing / bouncing of noise while dining.  The tables are close together with hard surfaces so it is difficult to separate neighboring conversations from your own.  The bar is located in the dining area and contributes to the noise that surrounds you.  Conversation was possible at a small table for 2 but struggled as more patrons arrived – requiring frequent repetitions.  We were seated along an upholstered bench that absorbs some of the noise and would recommend sitting here rather than in the wide, open dining area.  Enjoyed the food but be aware that noise can get to be intrusive.