Is loss of hearing getting in the way of your summer fun? Most likely it’s much worse if you’re not aware of it. A few ear conditions and getting older bring a prolonged loss of hearing that you may not even notice. You may also stay away from doing summer events that you love because you can’t hear as well. You will still be able to get out and have a great time if you look for certain practical solutions to your hearing loss challenges.
Hearing loss can get tricky during summer cookouts. Background noise is one big problem. All around you, people are conversing. Kids could be having fun in the grass or pool. You get the sounds of nature like singing birds, barking dogs, and the sound of cooking on the grill.
All that noise competes with any remaining hearing you have left. This amount of background noise can easily overtake someone that has hearing loss.
Try to do these things to compensate:
Find a peaceful place to sit to eliminate some of that overpowering background noise. Facing away from the sun will permit you to look at people when they talk and read their lips to figure out words you miss.
- Shut off any background music or turn it down, at least. If it’s your barbecue, you can simply decide not to play music. When you are at other peoples barbecues be sure to tell the host about your hearing difficulties.
- Now and then simply walk away. It can be fatiguing when you are struggling to hear. Every hour or so try to go indoors or a little ways away from all the noise.
- Let others know when you can’t hear. Don’t try to fake it because that can irritate others. If you don’t hear what someone said, tell them. You can also make use of visual clues that you are struggling such as cupping your ear. Normally, people will move closer to you or speak louder to help.
Don’t try to hear everything. Accept that you can’t participate in every conversation. Instead, attempt to engage in small groups and set sensible limits for yourself.
Do you really know what you might be missing outside? Don’t be scared to step outside and concentrate on the sounds of nature. No, you won’t be capable of hearing everything but with a little focus, you might hear more than you think possible.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds singing
- Buzzing insects
- Crickets in the evening
- Blowing leaves
- Rain on your roof
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Barking dogs
- Waves splashing
If you simply attempt to listen to one thing at a time, you can manage your expectations every time you go outside, head to the beach or walk in the park.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
That’s truly what summer is meant for, isn’t it? Determine what type of vacation you might enjoy and if there are constraints that come along with your hearing loss. For example, a theme park might be a little too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work nicely. Going out into nature would also work. Stroll on the boardwalk by the beach or go to a museum.
Don’t let your hearing loss rob you of your chance to travel this summer. If you’re going to fly, tell the airline that you have hearing loss when you book your ticket. Alert the hotel, as well, so they can offer you a room that has accommodations for the hearing impaired like smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs that have closed captioning.
Learn to paint or perhaps take an exercise class to help improve yourself this summer. Arrive early, so that you can find a place up front. If you do miss anything, it would be prudent to bring a friend or two with you to let you know what you might have missed.
Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer
There are a couple of summer traditions which require you to take precautions to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- While you are at the pool or beach, play it safe. Wear earplugs to avoid ear infections and keep your hearing aids dry.
- Bring a friend with you when you go on those pleasant evening walks. The loss of hearing means you won’t always hear things including cars coming towards you or maybe even someone coming up behind you.
- If you are going to fireworks or maybe a live show, use ear protection.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
These summer challenges can be largely avoided by doing three simple things.
- Have your ears examined by a hearing care specialist. It is possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, so you know if you do have hearing loss.
- Wear high-quality hearing aids. They will filter out any background noises so that you will hear what’s relevant.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t let the loss of hearing take it away from you.