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Speak Easy: Reducing background noise in restaurants, cafés and pubs

Alan Mckinney

Dining out should be one of life’s great joys. Romantic meal, family birthday, a quick coffee with an old friend… spending quality time with people we care about is as important as the food and drink we’re served. 

That’s why over 90% of you say you would not return to a venue where the sheer level of noise sucks all the joy out of the experience.

Thousands of you shared your views via our survey, and we've showcased your opinions in our Speak Easy report and guide. The report lays out the key problems you encounter in various venues – and the impact this has on your social life. Our Speak Easy guide moves things on: we present eight key ways restaurants, cafés and pubs can reduce background noise.

Our campaign is already hitting a nerve with millions in the UK, with and without hearing loss, receiving saturation and continuing coverage in the media. Thousands have already ordered our Speak Easy campaign pack.

Does your town or city have a real noise problem? Join other campaigners across the UK and work with us to set up a local Speak Easy campaigning group. Contact our Campaigns team about getting involved: campaigns@hearingloss.org.uk

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Speak Easy campaign items

Speak Easy campaign pack

It's time to act! Let the restaurants, cafes and pubs know how you feel give them a thumbs up for great service or some handy tips on how to improve
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The campaign so far

Get the latest updates on our campaign to reduce background noise in cafes, pubs and restaurants
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