Is the loss of hearing getting in the way of your summertime fun? If you’re not aware of your hearing loss, it’s even worse. Certain ear diseases and aging can bring a prolonged decline of hearing which you may not even detect. You might also hold back on doing summer activities you love simply because you don’t hear as well. You will still be able to get out and have a blast if you look for a few solutions to your hearing loss obstacles.
Cooking out during the summertime may be challenging when you have loss of hearing. Background noise is one big problem. Lots of people are conversing all around you. Kids are running around shouting and playing. You get the sounds of nature like singing birds, barking dogs, and the sound of cooking on the grill.
All that noise interferes with any remaining hearing you may have left. Background noises will overtake someone who has hearing decline.
Try these things to compensate:
Sitting in a quiet spot for short periods of time can help eliminate some of that overpowering background noise. You might need to look at peoples lips so put your back to the sun.
- You can turn down the volume of background music. Deciding not to have music is an option if you’re the host. If you are visiting someone else’s barbecue, explain the problem to the host.
- Get away from time to time. It can be fatiguing when you are struggling to hear. Go indoors and away from everyone for a few minutes each hour and go someplace quiet to recharge.
- Let people know if you can’t hear. Don’t attempt to fake it because that can irritate others. If you can’t hear what someone said, tell them. You should also use visual clues that you are struggling such as cupping your ear. They will usually move closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. Actively taking part in every conversation is not an option. 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 walk outside the house and focus on the sounds of the natural world. You won’t be able to hear everything, but with a small amount of focus, you might be amazed by the sounds you can hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds singing
- Buzzing insects
- Crickets at night
- Blowing leaves
- Rain on your roof
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Barking dogs
- Waves splashing
Temper expectations when going outside, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by attempting to listen to one thing at a time.
Enjoy Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
That’s truly what summer is all about, isn’t it? What type of vacation do you enjoy? What limitations come with your hearing loss that will affect it? For instance, a theme park might be a little too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work nicely. Spend a day at a nature preserve or perhaps go to the zoo. A museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk by the beach are great choices.
You have an opportunity to travel this summer so don’t let your hearing loss take that away from you. Tell the airline about your condition when you get your ticket if you are flying. Alert the hotel or resort, also, so they can give you a room that has accommodations for the hearing impaired including 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 an exercise class or learning to paint. Show up early, so you can find a place up front. If you miss anything, it would be smart to have a couple of friends with you to fill in the blanks.
This Summer You Should Take Safety Precautions
There are a number of summertime traditions which require you to take safety measures to protect yourself, your ears, and any costly hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Playing it safe when at the pool or beach. Make sure you take care of your hearing aids from water damage and wear some earplugs when you go into the water to prevent ear infections.
- If you choose to take a walk in the evening to enjoy the cool night air, bring someone with you. Loss of hearing means that you don’t always recognize things including vehicles coming towards you or maybe even a stranger coming up behind you.
- Wear ear protection at fireworks shows and at live shows.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
Three easy things will help you prevent most of these things.
- Get your ears examined by a hearing care specialist. It may be possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing examination, so you know if you do have hearing loss.
- Wear high-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of any background noises so you hear what is important.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t let the loss of hearing rob you of that.