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Cathy Obregon, Published June 24 2009

Columns got it right about restaurant noise

I just wanted to join in the support of Forum Editorial Page Editor Jack Zaleski’s columns (June 14 and 21) regarding loud places. My gosh!

It’s so horribly noisy, the only time I really enjoy a loud dinner out is when with my friends, family (both hearing and/or deaf) who can communicate only with sign language. I am serious.

I am a professional interpreter and when out dining with anyone who also signs fluently that is the natural mode we default to, hearing or deaf.

Many people around us are unaware we can fully hear because we are forced to a visual language to communicate.

When we were very young, we were told to sign under the tables due to the stigma attached (early ’60s). Now I am thanking God I use sign language daily because going out to eat almost demands it. (Sigh.) And yes, we now sign above the tables. (Smile.)

Many thanks again for the articles. Now I know it’s not just me being overly sensitive. Thank you.