Is the loss of hearing interfering with your summer fun? The worse thing is when you’re not even aware you have loss of hearing. Some ear diseases and getting older carry a slow loss of hearing which you might not even recognize. When your hearing has declined it’s very likely that you won’t even go to many exciting summer activities. There are some solutions to your hearing loss that will get you right back out there having summertime fun.
Cooking out in the summer might be tricky when you have hearing loss. To begin with, there is a large amount of background noise. People are conversing everywhere. Kids could be having fun in the grass or pool. There is the sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of nature.
All that noise competes with any residual hearing you have left. When someone has hearing decline, background sounds tend to take over.
Try these things to compensate:
Some of the overpowering background noise can be lessened by finding a peaceful place to sit for a while. Turning away from the sun will permit you to see people when they are talking and use 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 play music. If you are visiting someone else’s barbecue, explain the issue to the host.
- Walk away from time to time. Working to hear takes a lot of energy. Step inside and away from people for a short time each hour and go somewhere quiet to recharge.
- Inform others that you can’t hear. Don’t attempt to fake it because that can frustrate others. Tell people when you can’t hear them. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will let people know you’re having difficulty hearing. Normally, people will step closer or speak up to help you.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. Accept that you can’t participate in every conversation. Set realistic limits for yourself and try to take part in small groups instead.
What might you be missing by remaining inside the house? Don’t be scared to step outdoors and concentrate on the sounds of nature. No, you won’t be able to hear 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
- Rustling leaves
- Falling rain
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Barking dogs
- Splashing waves
Temper expectations when going outside, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by trying to hear one thing at a time.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
That’s really what summertime is meant for, isn’t it? Figure out what type of vacation you would like and if there are restrictions that come with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be ideal but a theme park would probably be a bit too much. Going out into nature should also work. Walk on the boardwalk by the beach or go to a museum.
Don’t let your hearing loss rob you of your opportunity to travel this summer. If you’re going to fly, inform the airline that you have hearing loss when you book the ticket. Alert the hotel or resort, 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 with closed captioning.
Work on Yourself
Learn to paint or take an exercise class to help improve yourself this summer. If you want to find a spot in the front, be sure to get there early. If you miss anything, it would be prudent to have a couple of friends with you to fill in the blanks.
Take Safety Measures This Summer
There are a number of summer activities which require you to take precautions 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, play it safe. Make sure you take care of your hearing aids from water damage and wear some earplugs if you go into the water to prevent ear infections.
- If you decide to take a walk after dark to appreciate the cool night air, bring a friend with you. You may miss the warning sounds from potential dangers like oncoming traffic or maybe even a threatening stranger coming up from behind you.
- If you are going to fireworks or maybe a live performance, wear ear protection.
Making The Most of it This Summer
These summertime challenges can be largely eliminated by doing three simple things.
- Get your ears checked by a hearing 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 good-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of background noises so you will hear what is relevant.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t let the loss of hearing take it away from you.