Why permit your summer to be ruined by bad hearing? If you’re not aware of your hearing loss, it’s even worse. The prolonged decrease of your hearing which goes along with aging and some ear diseases will mean that you don’t always realize that there are things you can’t hear any longer. You may also hold back on doing summer events you love simply because you don’t hear as well. Look for solutions to the difficulties which come with the loss of hearing, so you can go out there and enjoy the fun with all your friends.
Hearing loss will be challenging during summer cookouts. For starters, there is a large amount of background noise. There are so many discussions going on around you. In the yard and in the swimming pool youngsters are shouting and having fun. There is the crackling of the food cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of the natural world.
If you do have some amount of hearing loss, all of these noises and sounds can be quite challenging. This type of background noise can easily overtake someone that has hearing loss.
Here are a few tips to help you compensate:
Sitting in a quiet place for short periods can help get rid of some of that overpowering background noise. Facing away from the sun will permit you to see people when they are talking and use their lips to figure out words you miss.
- Shut off the background music or turn it down, at least. Deciding not to have music is an option if you’re the host. When you are at other peoples cookouts make sure you tell the host about your hearing difficulties.
- Now and then just walk away. Working to hear takes a lot of energy. Go indoors and away from people for a few minutes every hour and sit someplace quiet to recharge.
- Let people know if you can’t hear. People will get annoyed when you attempt 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. Normally, people will step closer to you or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. Participating in every conversation is not an option. Set practical limits for yourself and try to take part in small groups instead.
Do you truly understand what you might be missing outside? Don’t be frightened to walk outside the house and focus on the sounds of the natural world. You won’t hear everything, but with a small amount of focus, you may be surprised by the sounds you will hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds chirping
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets at night
- The leaves blowing
- Falling rain
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Dogs barking
- Splashing waves
Manage expectations when going outside, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by trying to hear one thing at a time.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
That’s truly what summer is meant for, isn’t it? Figure out what type of vacation you would enjoy and if there are limitations that come with your hearing loss. As an example, an amusement park could be a bit too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work perfectly. Going out into nature should also work. Walk on the boardwalk near the beach or head to a museum.
Don’t let your hearing loss take away your opportunity to travel this summer. Tell the airline about your condition when you get your ticket if you are flying. Alert the hotel, too, 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 ways to better yourself this summer such as taking a fitness class or learning to paint. 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 might miss during the session.
Take Safety Measures This Summer
There are a number of summertime traditions that require you to take precautions to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Taking care when by the pool or beach. Don’t let your hearing aids get wet and put in earplugs while swimming.
- Bring a friend with you when you go on those enjoyable evening walks. There are hazards such as a car coming toward you or someone lurking near you which you might not hear.
- Wear ear protection at fireworks shows and at live shows.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
Most of these summer obstacles become less substantial if you do three simple things.
- Have your ears examined by a hearing care specialist. It may be possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, so you know if you do have hearing loss.
- Get high-quality hearing aids. They will filter out background noises so you will hear what’s important.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t allow the loss of hearing rob you of that.