Is loss of hearing getting in the way of your summer fun? Chances are it’s even worse if you don’t know it. The slow decay of hearing that comes with getting older and certain ear diseases can mean that you won’t always recognize that there are some things you can’t hear anymore. You might also stay away from engaging in fun summertime events you love just because you can’t hear as well. Search for remedies to the challenges which come with hearing loss, so you can get out there and enjoy the fun with all your friends.
Hearing loss can get challenging at summer cookouts. Background noise is one big difficulty you will have. Everywhere around you, people are talking. Kids could be having fun in the grass or yelling in the swimming pool. There is the crackling of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of the natural world.
Whatever hearing you may have left can’t contend with all that diverse noise. When someone has hearing decline, background noises have a tendency to take over.
There are things you can try to compensate like:
Find a quiet place 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.
- You can turn down the volume of background music. You could decide to go without the music if you are hosting the barbecue. If you are going to someone else’s cookout, explain the problem to the host.
- Now and then just walk away. Struggling to hear takes a lot of energy. Step indoors and away from people for a short time each hour and go someplace quiet to recharge.
- Inform others that you can’t hear. People will get frustrated when you attempt to fake it. Let people know when you can’t hear them. Cupping your ear and other visual clues can show that you can’t hear to others. Usually, people will move closer or speak up to help you.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. The fact that you can’t take part in every conversation is something you need to understand. Instead, attempt to participate in smaller groups and set realistic limits for yourself.
Do you really realize what you are missing outside? Don’t be scared to go outside the house and focus on the sounds of nature. No, you won’t be able to hear everything but with a little concentration, you might hear more than you think possible.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Chirping birds
- Insects buzzing
- Evening crickets
- The leaves blowing
- Rain on your roof
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Barking dogs
- Splashing waves
Manage expectations when you go outdoors, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by attempting to listen to one thing at a time.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
Isn’t that what summer is meant for? Figure out what sort of vacation you would enjoy and if there are limitations that come along with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be perfect but a theme park would probably be a little too much stimulation. Go to the zoo or possibly go to a nature preserve. Walk on the boardwalk by the beach or go to a museum.
You have an opportunity to travel this summer so you shouldn’t let your hearing loss take that away from you. If you are flying, inform the airline that you have hearing loss when you buy the ticket. Inform the hotel, too, 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 with closed captioning.
Look for methods to improve yourself this summer such as going to an exercise class or learning how to paint. Arrive early, so you can find a place up front. Take a couple of friends with you and let them fill you in on what you might miss during the session.
This Summer You Should Take Safety Precautions
There are a couple 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:
- While you are enjoying the pool or beach, play it safe. Make sure you take care of your hearing aids from water damage and use some earplugs when you go into the water to avoid ear infections.
- Take a friend with you on those nice evening walks. You may not hear the warning sounds from potential hazards such as oncoming vehicles or maybe even a threatening stranger coming up behind you.
- Safeguard what hearing you may have by using ear protection if you go to watch the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.
Making The Most of it This Summer
Many of these summer obstacles become less significant when you do three simple things.
- Get your ears examined by a hearing specialist. It may be possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing examination, to determine if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Wear good-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of any background noises so you hear what is relevant.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t let hearing loss take it away from you.