Why permit your summer to be wrecked by damaged hearing? If you don’t know about your hearing loss, it’s even worse. Some ear diseases and getting older carry a prolonged loss of hearing that you may not even notice. If you really love summer fun, then why would you choose to miss out simply because you don’t hear very well? There are a few solutions to your loss of hearing that should get you back out there having summertime fun.
Summertime barbecues do get a bit challenging if you have loss of hearing. One of the most difficult issues is background noise. Everywhere around you, people are conversing. In the yard and in the pool kids are shouting 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 interferes with any remaining hearing you have left. Background sounds will overtake someone who has hearing decline.
Try to do these things to compensate:
Some of the overwhelming background noise can be minimized by going to a peaceful place to sit for a while. Turning away from the sun will permit you to look at people when they talk and read their lips to figure out words you miss.
- Shut off any background music or turn it down, at least. You might choose not to have music if you are hosting the barbecue. Let the host know about your problem if you are attending someone else’s barbecue.
- Get away from time to time. It can be fatiguing when you are struggling to hear. Go inside and away from people for a short time every hour and go someplace quiet to recharge.
- Let others know when you can’t hear. It’s aggravating for you and people around you if you try to fake it. Tell people when you can’t hear them. Cupping your ear and other visual hints can indicate that you can’t hear to others. They will quickly move closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. The fact that you can’t participate in every discussion is something you need to accept. As an alternative, try to engage in small groups of people and set realistic limits for yourself.
What might you be missing by staying inside? Don’t be frightened to walk outdoors and concentrate on the sounds of the natural world. You won’t be able to hear everything, but with a small amount of focus, you may be amazed by the things you will hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds chirping
- Buzzing insects
- Evening crickets
- Blowing leaves
- Falling rain
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Dogs barking
- Waves splashing
If you only try to hear 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 a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
That’s really what summer is meant for, isn’t it? What kind of vacation do you enjoy? What constraints come with your hearing loss that will affect it? Sailing or fishing would be ideal but a theme park might be a little too much. Spend the day walking around a nature preserve or possibly go to the zoo. A museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk next to the beach are great choices.
You have a chance 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, 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 that have closed captioning.
Look for methods to improve yourself this summer such as taking an exercise class or learning how to paint. If you want to find a spot up front, get there early. If you do miss anything, it would be smart to bring a friend or two with you to let you know what you might have missed.
Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer
There are a couple of summertime activities that require you to take safeguards to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Playing it safe while by the pool or swimming. Make sure to take care of your hearing aids from water damage and put in some earplugs if you go swimming to avoid ear infections.
- Bring someone with you when you go on those nice evening walks. There are dangers such as a car coming toward you or somebody lurking close to you which you probably won’t hear.
- If you are attending fireworks or maybe a live performance, wear ear protection.
Making The Most of it This Summer
These summertime challenges can be mostly eliminated by doing three simple things.
- Get your ears examined by a hearing specialist. It may be possible 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 filter out any background noises so you will hear what is important.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t allow hearing loss rob you of that.