Why permit your summer to get wrecked by flawed hearing? If you’re not aware of your hearing loss, it’s probably even worse. Some ear conditions and aging bring a prolonged loss of hearing which you might not even detect. If you love summer fun, then why would you really want to lose out just because you can’t hear very well? You will still be able to get out and have a blast if you find some solutions to your hearing loss obstacles.
Summer cookouts do get a bit challenging when a person has loss of hearing. For one thing, there is a large amount of background noise. All around you, people are conversing. In the yard and in the swimming pool kids are shouting and having fun. You have the sounds of nature including singing birds, barking dogs, and the crackling sound of cooking on the grill.
All that noise competes with any remaining hearing you may have left. When someone has hearing decline, background sounds tend to take over.
Try to do these things to compensate:
Some of the overwhelming background noise can be lessened by finding a quiet place to sit for a while. You may need to see peoples lips so turn your back to the sun.
- Shut off any background music or turn it down, at least. You could decide to go without the music if you are the host of the barbecue. Tell the host about your problem if you are going to someone else’s barbecue.
- Now and then just walk away. It takes a lot of energy struggling to hear. Every hour or so go inside or away from all the noise.
- Let people know if you can’t hear. Don’t attempt to fake it because that can irritate others. If you can’t hear what someone said, tell them. Cupping your ear and other visual clues can indicate that you can’t hear to others. Usually, people will step closer or speak louder to help.
Don’t try to hear everything. Taking part in every discussion is not a possibility. Set realistic limits for yourself and try to take part in small groups instead.
What might you be missing out on by remaining inside the house? Don’t be afraid to walk outside the house and concentrate on the sounds of nature. You won’t hear everything, but with a little focus, you may be amazed by the things you can hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds singing
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets in the evening
- Blowing leaves
- Falling rain
- Kids running around and playing
- Barking dogs
- Waves splashing
If you simply try to listen to one thing at a time, you can manage your expectations every time you go outside, head for the beach or walk in the park.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
Isn’t that what summer is all about? Decide what sort of vacation you would like and if there are restrictions that come along with your hearing loss. For instance, a theme park might be a bit too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work nicely. Going out into nature should also work. Walk on the boardwalk near the beach or go to a museum.
Don’t let your loss of hearing rob you of your opportunity to travel this summer. If you are flying, tell the airline that you have hearing loss when you book your ticket. Alert the hotel or resort, as well, so they can give you a room with accommodations for the hearing impaired including smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs that have closed captioning.
Learn to paint or take a fitness class to help improve yourself this summer. If you would like to find a spot in the front, get there early. If you miss anything, it would be smart to bring a friend or two with you to let you know what you might have missed.
This Summer You Should Take Safety Precautions
There are a couple of summertime activities that require you to take safeguards to protect yourself, your ears, and any costly hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Playing it safe while at the pool or beach. Make sure to protect your hearing aids from water damage and use some earplugs when you go swimming to prevent ear infections.
- Take a friend with you on those enjoyable evening walks. You may not hear the warning sounds from potential dangers like oncoming vehicles or maybe even a threatening stranger walking up from behind you.
- Protect what hearing you do have left by wearing ear protection if you go to watch the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.
Making The Most of it This Summer
Three simple things will help you avoid most of these things.
- Get your ears examined by a hearing care specialist. It may be possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, to determine if you do have hearing loss.
- Get good-quality hearing aids. They can filter out any background noises so you will hear what is relevant.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t let the loss of hearing take it away from you.