Why let your summer get spoiled by bad hearing? In the worse case you’re not even aware you have loss of hearing. Some ear conditions and aging carry a slow loss of hearing that you may not even notice. When your hearing has declined it’s very likely that you won’t attend many fun summertime activities. There are various solutions to your loss of hearing that should get you back out there having summertime fun.
Summertime barbecues do get a bit challenging when a person has hearing loss. For starters, there is a lot of background noise. Everywhere around you, people are talking. Kids might be having fun in the yard or swimming pool. There is the crackling sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of nature.
All that noise interferes with any residual hearing you may have left. This type of background noise will easily overwhelm someone that has hearing loss.
Try to do these things to compensate:
Look for a quiet spot to sit to eliminate some of that overwhelming background noise. You might need to see peoples lips so turn your back to the sun.
- You can turn down the volume of background music. You could make the decision not to have music if you are hosting the barbecue. Let the host know about your problem if you are attending someone else’s barbecue.
- Get away from time to time. It can be tiring when you are struggling to hear. Go inside and away from people for a few minutes every hour and sit somewhere quiet to recharge.
- Let others know if you can’t hear. It’s frustrating for you and those around you if you try to fake it. Let people know when you can’t hear them. 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 you.
Don’t try to hear everything. The fact that you can’t engage in every discussion is something you need to accept. Instead, attempt to participate in smaller groups and set practical limits for yourself.
If you just remain indoors you don’t know what you’re missing. Don’t be afraid to go outside and focus on the sounds of the natural world. You won’t hear everything, but with a small amount of focus, you might be amazed by the things you will hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds singing
- Buzzing insects
- Crickets in the evening
- Blowing leaves
- The rain falling
- Kids running around and playing
- Barking dogs
- Splashing waves
If you only attempt to hear one thing at a time, you can manage your expectations every time you go outdoors, head to the beach or walk in the park.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
That’s truly what summertime is meant for, isn’t it? What type of vacation do you enjoy? What constraints come with your hearing loss that will affect it? For instance, a theme park could be a bit too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work nicely. Going out into nature should also work. Going to a museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk next to the beach are excellent choices.
Don’t let your hearing loss rob you of your opportunity to travel this summer. If you are flying, notify the airline that you have hearing loss when you buy the ticket. Inform the hotel or resort, too, so they can offer you a room that has accommodations for the hearing impaired including smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs with closed captioning.
Look for ways to better yourself this summer such as going to an exercise class or learning how to paint. Arrive early, so that you can get a place up front. Bring a couple of friends with you and let them fill you in on what you are missing during the session.
This Summer You Should Take Safety Measures
There are a couple of summer traditions that require you to take safety measures 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, make sure you play it safe. Don’t let your hearing aids get wet and wear earplugs when you go in the water.
- Remember not to go on evening walks on your own. There are hazards such as a car coming toward you or someone lurking close to you which you probably won’t hear.
- If you are going to fireworks or maybe a live show, use ear protection.
Making The Most of it This Summer
Many of these summer obstacles become less significant when you do three simple things.
- Have your ears examined by a hearing care specialist. It may be possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, to determine if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Get good-quality hearing aids. They will get rid of background noises so you hear what is important.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t allow the loss of hearing rob you of that.