Is loss of hearing getting in the way of your summertime fun? The worse thing is when you don’t know you have loss of hearing. The slow decline of your hearing that comes with aging and some ear diseases can mean that you don’t always recognize that there are things which you don’t hear anymore. When your hearing has declined it’s likely that you won’t go to many exciting summer activities. You will still be able to get out and have a great time if you look for a few practical solutions to your hearing loss obstacles.
Hearing loss can get tricky at summer cookouts. Background noise is one big problem. There are so many discussions going on all around you. On the lawn and in the pool kids are shouting and having fun. There is the sound of the food cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of nature.
If you do have some measure of hearing loss, all of these noises and sounds can be extremely frustrating. When someone has hearing decline, background noises tend to take over.
Try these things to compensate:
Find a quiet spot to sit to get rid of some of that overpowering background noise. Turning away from the sun will allow you to see people when they are talking and read their lips to figure out words you miss.
- Shut off the background music or turn it down, at least. Deciding not to have music is an option if you’re the host. When you are at other peoples cookouts be sure to tell the host that you have hearing difficulties.
- Get away from time to time. It can be exhausting when you are struggling to hear. Every hour or so try to go indoors or a little ways away from all the noise.
- Inform others that you can’t hear. People will get frustrated if you attempt to fake it. Let people know when you can’t hear them. Cupping your ear and other visual clues can suggest that you can’t hear to others. Normally, people will step closer to you or speak up to help you.
Don’t try to hear everything. Engaging in every conversation is not an option. As an alternative, try to participate in small groups and set practical limits for yourself.
Do you really realize what you are missing outside? Don’t be afraid to go outdoors and focus on the sounds of the natural world. You won’t hear everything, but with a little focus, you might be surprised by the sounds you can hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Singing birds
- Insects buzzing
- Evening crickets
- Blowing leaves
- Falling rain
- Kids running around and playing
- Barking dogs
- Waves splashing
Temper expectations when you go 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 really what summer is meant for, isn’t it? What sort of vacation would you enjoy? What constraints come with your hearing loss that will affect it? Sailing or fishing would be perfect but an amusement park could be a bit too much stimulation. Going out into nature would also work. A museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk next to the beach are great choices.
Don’t let your hearing loss 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, also, so they can get you a room that has accommodations for the hearing impaired like smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs that have closed captioning.
Learn to paint or perhaps take a fitness class to improve yourself this summer. Arrive early, so that you can find a place up front. Take a friend or two with you and let them fill you in on what you might miss during the session.
Take Safety Precautions This Summer
There are a couple of summertime traditions 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 enjoying the pool or beach, make sure you play it safe. Make sure you protect your hearing aids from water damage and wear some earplugs if you go swimming to avoid ear infections.
- Bring someone with you when you go on those enjoyable evening walks. There are potential risks like a vehicle driving 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, wear ear protection.
Making The Most of it This Summer
These summertime challenges can be largely averted by doing three simple things.
- Get your ears checked by a hearing care specialist. It is possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, so you know if you do have hearing loss.
- Wear good-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of background noises so you will hear what’s important.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t permit the loss of hearing rob you of that.