Is the loss of hearing getting in the way of your summertime fun? Most likely it’s even worse if you’re not aware of it. The slow decay of your hearing which goes along with getting older and some ear diseases can mean that you don’t always realize that there are things which you don’t hear anymore. When you don’t hear as well it’s likely that you won’t enjoy many fun summer activities. Search for remedies to the difficulties that come along with loss of hearing, so you can go out there and enjoy the good times with everyone else.
Barbecuing in the summertime will be tricky when you have hearing loss. Background noise is one big problem. There are a lot of conversations going on all around you. Kids might be having fun in the grass or yelling in the pool. There is the crackling sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of the natural world.
All that noise competes with any remaining hearing you have left. This amount of background noise will easily overwhelm someone who has hearing decline.
There are things you can do to compensate including:
Look for a relaxing spot to sit to eliminate some of that overpowering background noise. Turning away from the sun will allow you to look at people when they talk and read their lips to figure out words you miss.
- You can turn down the volume of background music. If it’s your barbecue, you can simply choose not to have any music. If you are going to somebody else’s barbecue, describe the problem to the host.
- Get away from time to time. Working to hear takes a lot of energy. Step indoors and away from everyone for a few minutes every hour and sit someplace quiet to recharge.
- Inform others that you can’t hear. It’s aggravating for you and those around you when you try to fake it. If you can’t hear what someone said, tell them. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will let people know you’re having a problem hearing. Usually, people will come closer or speak up to help you.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. Understand that you can’t participate in every discussion. Set practical limits for yourself and try to engage in small groups instead.
Do you truly know what you are missing outside? Don’t be afraid to step outdoors and concentrate on the sounds of nature. You won’t hear everything, but with a little focus, you might be amazed by the sounds you will hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds singing
- Insects buzzing
- Evening crickets
- Rustling leaves
- Falling rain
- Kids running around and playing
- Barking dogs
- Waves splashing
If you simply attempt to listen to one thing at a time, you can manage your expectations every time you go outside, head for the beach or walk in the park.
Enjoy Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
That’s really what summertime is meant for, isn’t it? What type of vacation would you enjoy? What restrictions come along with your hearing loss that will affect it? As an example, an amusement park may be a bit too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work perfectly. Spend the day walking around a nature preserve or alternatively go to the zoo. Take a walk on the boardwalk by the beach or head to a museum.
You have a chance to travel this summer so you shouldn’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, as well, 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.
Work on Yourself
Look for ways to better yourself this summer like going to an exercise class or learning how to paint. Show up early, so that you can find a place up front. If you do miss anything, it would be prudent to have a friend or two with you to fill in the blanks.
Take Safety Measures This Summer
There are a number of summertime traditions that require you to take safeguards to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- While you are at the pool or beach, make sure you play it safe. Put in earplugs to prevent ear infections and keep your hearing aids dry.
- Remember not to go on evening walks alone. There are potential risks such as a vehicle coming toward you or someone lurking near you which you might not hear.
- Safeguard what hearing you may have by using ear protection if you go to see the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
These summer challenges can be largely averted by doing three simple things.
- Get your ears examined by a hearing care specialist. It may be possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing examination, to determine if you do have hearing loss.
- Get high-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of background noises so that you hear what’s relevant.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t allow the loss of hearing take it away from you.