Restaurant Week is in full swing! Many look forward to this week to get out in the community, support local businesses, and sample their way through town. But for those with hearing challenges, the noisy restaurant setting can present difficulties.
Restaurants in Baltimore are working to change this. Several participated in the Hearing Hospitality Initiative in preparation for Baltimore Restaurant Week. This initiative involved training and providing resources and tips to servers and other restaurant staff to help patrons who suffer from hearing loss. Areas covered in the training included body language, seating, and tips for taking orders and reservations. HASA is the organization leading this program. According to its website, "because 33% of adults over the age of 65 and half of adults over the age of 75 are hard of hearing, there are a large number of guests in a restaurant at any given time who could benefit from an enhanced environment."
Kudos to HASA and those restaurants participating in this initiative. What a great example; we hope many others follow.
Read more about this initiative from the CBS affiliate in Baltimore. We also encourage you to share this information with some of your favorite local restaurants!