Why let your summer get wrecked by bad hearing? In the worse case you don’t know you have hearing loss. A few ear conditions and getting older can bring a prolonged loss of hearing which you may not even recognize. You might also stay away from engaging in fun summertime activities you love because you can’t hear as well. You will still be capable of getting out and having a great time if you find certain solutions to your hearing loss difficulties.
Summer cookouts do get a little challenging if a person has loss of hearing. One of the toughest issues is background noise. People are conversing all around you. Kids are running about shrieking and playing. There is the crackling sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of the natural world.
All that noise interferes with any remaining hearing you have left. When someone has hearing decline, background noises tend to take over.
Here are a few tips to help you compensate:
Look for a peaceful place to sit to eliminate some of that overwhelming background noise. You might need to look at peoples lips so put your back to the sun.
- You can reduce the volume of background music. You could make the decision not to have music if you are the host of the barbecue. Let the host know about your problem if you are going to someone else’s cookout.
- Get away from time to time. Working to hear takes a lot of energy. Go indoors and away from people for a short time each hour and sit somewhere quiet to recharge.
- Let others know if you can’t hear. People will get frustrated when you attempt to fake it. Tell people when you can’t hear them. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will help others realize you’re having trouble hearing. Normally, people will move closer to you or speak louder to help out.
Don’t try to hear everything. Understand that you can’t take part in every discussion. Alternatively, try to take part in small groups and set practical limits for yourself.
Do you truly know what you might be missing outside? Don’t be afraid to step outside and concentrate on the sounds of nature. You won’t hear everything, but with a little focus, you might be amazed by the things you can hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Chirping birds
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets in the evening
- The leaves blowing
- Rain on your roof
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Barking dogs
- Waves splashing
If you only try 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 Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
Isn’t that what summertime is meant for? Figure out what sort of vacation you would enjoy and if there are restrictions that come with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be ideal but an amusement park could be a little too much stimulation. 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 opportunity to travel this summer. Tell the airline about your condition when you get your ticket if you are flying. Alert the hotel or resort, as well, so they can give 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 how to paint or maybe take a fitness class to better yourself this summer. Arrive early, so that you can find a place up front. Take a couple of friends with you and have them fill you in on what you are missing during the session.
This Summer You Should Take Safety Measures
There are a number of summer activities that require you to take precautions 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. Use earplugs to prevent ear infections and don’t let your hearing aids get wet.
- Don’t go on evening walks alone. There are dangers such as a vehicle coming toward you or someone lurking near you which you might not hear.
- Safeguard what hearing you may have left by using ear protection if you go to see the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.
Making The Most of it This Summer
These summer difficulties can be mostly eliminated by doing three simple things.
- Have your ears checked by a hearing care specialist. It is possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing examination, so you know if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Get high-quality hearing aids. They can filter out any background noises so that you will hear what is relevant.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t allow the loss of hearing take it away from you.