Is loss of hearing getting in the way of your summertime fun? If you don’t know about your hearing loss, it’s even worse. The slow decline of your hearing that comes with getting older and certain ear diseases can mean that you don’t always recognize that there are things which you don’t hear anymore. When you don’t hear as well it’s very likely that you won’t even participate in many exciting summer activities. There are a few solutions to your hearing loss that will get you right back out there having summer fun.
Hearing loss can get tricky during summer cookouts. One of the toughest issues is background noise. There are a lot of discussions happening around you. Kids are running around yelling and enjoying themselves. There is the crackling sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of nature.
If you do have some degree of hearing loss, all of these noises and sounds can be extremely frustrating. This type of background noise will easily overtake someone that has hearing decline.
There are some things you can try to compensate such as:
Find a peaceful spot to sit to eliminate some of that overpowering background noise. You may need to look at peoples lips so turn your back to the sun.
- Shut off the background music or turn it down, at least. You might make the decision not to have music if you are the host of the barbecue. If you are going to somebody else’s cookout, describe the issue to the host.
- Walk away from time to time. Struggling to hear takes a lot of energy. Go inside and away from everyone for a few minutes every hour and sit somewhere quiet to recharge.
- Let people know when you can’t hear. People will get annoyed if you try to fake it. If you don’t hear what someone said, let them know. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will let people know that you’re having difficulty hearing. They will automatically move closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t try to hear everything. Accept that you can’t get involved in every conversation. As an alternative, try to participate in smaller groups of people and set realistic limits for yourself.
If you just stay inside you won’t know what you’re missing. Don’t be scared to go outdoors and focus on the sounds of nature. No, you won’t be able to hear everything but with a little focus, you might hear more than you might think.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds singing
- Buzzing insects
- Crickets in the evening
- Rustling leaves
- Falling rain
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Dogs barking
- Splashing waves
If you only try to listen to one thing at a time, you can manage your expectations every time you go outdoors, head for the beach or walk in the park.
Enjoy Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
That’s really what summertime is all about, isn’t it? What sort of vacation do you enjoy? What limitations come with your hearing loss that will affect it? Sailing or fishing would be ideal but a theme park might be a bit too much stimulation. Spend the day at a nature preserve or perhaps go to the zoo. Going to a museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk by the beach are excellent choices.
Don’t let your hearing loss rob you of your opportunity to travel this summer. Tell the airline about your condition when you get your ticket if you are flying. Alert the hotel, as well, so they can offer you a room with accommodations for the hearing impaired like smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs with closed captioning.
Work on Yourself
Look for ways to improve yourself this summer like going to a fitness class or learning how to paint. Show up early, so that you can find a spot up front. Take a couple of friends with you and let them fill you in on what you are missing during the session.
Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer
There are a couple of summertime activities which require you to take precautions to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Playing it safe while at the pool or swimming. Make sure you take care of your hearing aids from water damage and wear some earplugs when you go into the water to prevent ear infections.
- Take someone with you when you go on those nice evening walks. You may miss the warning sounds from potential threats like oncoming traffic or maybe even a frightening stranger walking up 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.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
Three simple things will help you prevent most of these things.
- Have your ears checked by a hearing specialist. It is possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing examination, to determine if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Wear high-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of any background noises so you hear what’s important.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t allow the loss of hearing rob you of that.