Is loss of hearing interfering with your summer fun? If you’re not aware of your hearing loss, it’s probably even worse. The slow decrease of hearing which goes along with getting older and some ear diseases can mean that you won’t always recognize that there are things you don’t hear any longer. When you don’t hear as well it’s very likely that you won’t attend many fun summertime activities. There are some solutions to your hearing loss that will get you right back out there having summer fun.
Loss of hearing can get tricky during summer cookouts. One of the most challenging issues is background noise. All around you, people are conversing. Kids are running around shouting and playing. There is the sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of the natural world.
If you do have some degree of hearing loss, all of these various noises and sounds will be extremely challenging. This amount of background noise will easily overtake someone who has hearing decline.
There are some things you can try to compensate including:
Sitting in a quiet spot for short periods will help get rid of some of that overpowering background noise. You may need to see peoples lips so turn your back to the sun.
- Turn off the background music or turn it down, at least. Choosing not to play music is an option if you’re the host. When you are at other peoples barbecues make sure you tell the host that you have hearing difficulties.
- Now and then just walk away. It can be fatiguing when you are struggling to hear. Every hour or so try to go inside or a little ways away from all the noise.
- Let others know when you can’t hear. People will get frustrated if you attempt to fake it. If you don’t hear what someone said, let them know. You can also utilize visual clues that you are struggling such as cupping your ear. They will quickly step closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. Actively taking part in every conversation is not an option. Set sensible limits for yourself and try to engage in small groups instead.
Do you truly realize what you might be missing outside? Don’t be afraid to walk outdoors and concentrate on the sounds of the natural world. You won’t hear everything, but with a little focus, you might be surprised by the sounds you will hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Singing birds
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets at night
- Rustling leaves
- Falling rain
- Kids running around and playing
- Dogs barking
- Splashing waves
Temper expectations when you go outside, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by attempting to hear one thing at a time.
Enjoy Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
Isn’t that what summer is meant for? What kind of vacation would you enjoy? What limitations come with your hearing loss that will affect it? Sailing or fishing would be perfect but an amusement park could be a bit too much stimulation. Head to the zoo or possibly go to a nature preserve. A museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk next to the beach are great choices.
You have a chance to travel this summer so don’t let your hearing loss take that away from you. Tell the airline about your condition when you get your ticket if you are flying. Inform the hotel or resort, as well, so they can get you a room with accommodations for the hearing impaired such as smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs that have closed captioning.
Look for methods to improve yourself this summer like taking an exercise class or learning to paint. Show up early, so you can find a place up front. Bring a friend or two with you and have them fill you in on what you might miss during the session.
Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer
There are a couple of summertime activities which require you to take safety measures to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Taking care when by the pool or swimming. Make sure to take care of your hearing aids from water damage and use some earplugs if you go into the water to avoid ear infections.
- Bring someone with you on those pleasant evening walks. The loss of hearing means you won’t always perceive sounds such as cars driving towards you or even a stranger coming up behind you.
- If you are going to fireworks or maybe a live performance, use ear protection.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
Most of these summer challenges become less significant if you do three easy things.
- Have your ears examined by a hearing care specialist. It is possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, to determine if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Get good-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of any background noises so you will hear what’s relevant.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t allow hearing loss take it away from you.