It’s something I’ve always wondered how hearing people deal with. Background noise. Those who have difficulties with their hearing are not able to ignore it like a hearing person.
If the deaf person wears hearing aids then depending on how the hearing aid is programmed it can make the background noise amplified. This is not fun – it makes oral conversations harder to follow and in turn makes the deaf person more tired as they have to concentrate more to block it out.
There are many things hearing people take for granted. Especially social events where noise is a part of the situation. I myself prefer quieter places but then that could mean meeting in a library when outside your home…
If the deaf person looks tired or pretends to hear what you are saying just remember to ask yourself ‘Is there too much background noise?’ If so, what can be done about it?