I am happy to see that my recent post How To Choose A Restaurant When You Have Hearing Loss is getting some attention! It is clear from the response that dining out is not only challenging for people with hearing loss, but for everyone. The issue of restaurant noise is so important, it inspired leading Los Angeles-based architect Anthony Poon to share his thoughts on how important acoustics are to any good restaurant design.
In his post My Ears Are Ringing, he provides several tricks of the trade that restaurants can use to improve acoustics for all. These suggestions include: using sound absorbing materials on the bottoms of tables, interspersing softer surfaces like leather armrests among the hard surfaces of modern decor, and adjusting wall angles to create less echo.
“ Include acoustic ideas as part of every design discussion, not as an afterthought or something trivial.” – www.poondesign.com
Now, if only other architects would take note.