Is hearing loss getting in the way of your summertime fun? If you’re not aware of your hearing loss, it’s probably even worse. The prolonged decline of hearing that comes with aging and certain ear diseases can mean that you don’t always recognize that there are some things you can’t hear any longer. You may also hold back on doing summer activities you love because you don’t hear as well. Look for solutions to the challenges which come with hearing loss, so you can go out there and enjoy the fun with all your friends.
Summertime cookouts do get a bit tricky if a person has hearing loss. Background noise is one big difficulty you will have. All around you, people are talking. On the lawn and in the swimming pool kids are yelling and having fun. There is the crackling sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of nature.
All that noise competes with any residual hearing you have left. This type of background noise can easily overwhelm someone that has hearing decline.
Here are a few ideas to help you compensate:
Look for a relaxing spot to sit to eliminate some of that overpowering background noise. You may need to look at peoples lips so put your back to the sun.
- Turn off any background music or turn it down, at least. You might choose to go without the music if you are the host of the barbecue. If you are going to someone else’s barbecue, explain the issue to the host.
- Now and then simply walk away. It takes a lot of energy struggling to hear. Every hour or so go inside or away from all the noise.
- Let people know when you can’t hear. People will get frustrated if you try to fake it. If you don’t hear what someone said, let them know. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will help others realize that you’re having difficulty hearing. Usually, people will move closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t try to hear everything. The fact that you can’t participate in every discussion is something you need to understand. Alternatively, try to participate in small groups of people and set realistic limits for yourself.
If you just remain inside you don’t know what you’re missing. Don’t be scared to walk outside the house and concentrate on the sounds of the natural world. No, you won’t be capable of hearing everything but with a little concentration, you might hear more than you might think.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds singing
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets at night
- Blowing leaves
- Rain on your roof
- Kids running around and playing
- Dogs barking
- Waves splashing
If you simply 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? What sort of vacation do you enjoy? What constraints come with your hearing loss that will affect it? For example, an amusement 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 by the beach are excellent choices.
Don’t let your loss of hearing take away your chance to travel this summer. Tell the airline about your condition when you get your ticket if you are flying. Inform the hotel or resort, also, so they can get you a room that has accommodations for the hearing impaired including smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs with closed captioning.
Work on Yourself
Learn how to paint or maybe take a fitness class to better yourself this summer. If you want to find a place up front, get there early. Bring a couple of friends with you and let them fill you in on what you might miss during the session.
Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer
There are a number of summertime activities which require you to take safeguards to protect yourself, your ears, and any costly hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- When you are at the pool or beach, play it safe. Keep your hearing aids dry and put in earplugs when you go in the water.
- If you decide to walk in the evening to appreciate the cool night air, take someone with you. You may not hear the warning sounds from potential threats like oncoming traffic or maybe even a threatening stranger walking up from behind you.
- Safeguard what hearing you do have by wearing ear protection if you go to watch the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.
Making The Most of it This Summer
Most of these summer obstacles become less substantial when you do three simple things.
- Get your ears checked by a hearing specialist. It may be possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, to determine if you do have hearing loss.
- Get high-quality hearing aids. They can filter out background noises so you will hear what’s important.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t let hearing loss take it away from you.