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, "jeanette" <jeanette2103@y...> wrote:
> Hi everyone
> I promised to let you know how my weekend went so here goes.
Great. I always like to hear how other people deal with
> The only exception was coffee breaks, these were held in a lobby area
> with hard floors and a very high ceiling. I just gave up and went
> back in the room. At least people were aware I was partially deaf and
> most realised I was not being rude. Just couldn't hear.
Arrgghh... the dreaded coffee break. I regularly attend
scientific conferences. The seminars are great - always good
accoustics, clear speakers, I hardly miss a thing. Then comes the
coffee break and all hell breaks loose. It always takes place in a
room without any consideration for accoustics (forget about a loop
system), gets packed with people talking noisily to each other over
the clatter of cups and saucers, and I am always at a total loss to
hear anything. I always end up employing the deaf nod and
interjecting random 'yes', 'no's everywhere, and then one goes in at
the wrong time and it's an embarrassment, at which point I usually try
to find a quiet corner and inspect the wallpaper... And the really
bad thing about it is that all the real business of the meeting gets
done over coffee.
I can feel an essay coming on... I'm collecting them together at
you would like to take a look... and don't forget the stuff in the
files section over at the left of this screen, too...
> Thank you Saffron and Mazza for setting up this group, and I look
> forward to hopefully seeing some of you in the future, I do hope to
> make it to the Red Lion Pub one day.
All credit to Saffron who has given us HOHers the only real place
that we can find each other.