Is loss of hearing getting in the way of your summer fun? Chances are it’s even worse if you don’t know it. The slow decay of hearing which comes with getting older and some ear diseases can mean that you don’t always recognize that there are some things which you don’t hear anymore. If you really love summer fun, then why would you want to miss out because you can’t hear very well? There are some solutions to your hearing loss that should get you right back out there having summer fun.
Barbecuing during the summertime may get challenging when you have loss of hearing. To begin with, there is a lot of background noise. All around you, people are chatting. Kids could be having fun in the yard or pool. You get the sounds of nature including singing birds, barking dogs, and the sound of food cooking on the grill.
If you do have some measure of loss of hearing, all of these various noises and sounds can be quite frustrating. Background sounds will overtake someone who has hearing loss.
Here are some tips to help you compensate:
Sitting in a peaceful place for short periods will help eliminate some of that overpowering background noise. Facing away from the sun will permit you to look at people when they are talking and use their lips to figure out words you miss.
- You can turn down the volume of background music. You could decide to go without the music if you are the host of the barbecue. If you are visiting someone else’s barbecue, mention the problem to the host.
- Now and then just walk away. Working to hear takes a lot of energy. Go inside and away from everyone for a short time every hour and go someplace quiet to recharge.
- Inform others that you can’t hear. People will get frustrated when you attempt to fake it. Let people know when you can’t hear them. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will let people know that you’re having a problem hearing. They will usually get closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. Understand that you can’t participate in every discussion. Alternatively, attempt to engage in small groups and set sensible limits for yourself.
What might you be missing by staying inside? Don’t be scared to go outside and concentrate on the sounds of the natural world. No, you won’t be capable of hearing everything but with a little focus, you may hear more than you might think.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds singing
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets at night
- Rustling leaves
- The rain falling
- Kids running around and playing
- Barking dogs
- Waves splashing
Temper expectations when you go outdoors, 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 summer is all about, isn’t it? What type of vacation do you enjoy? What limitations come along with your hearing loss that will affect it? Sailing or fishing would be ideal but a theme park would probably be a bit too much stimulation. Going out into nature should also work. Going to a museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk next to the beach are excellent choices.
You have an opportunity to travel this summer so you shouldn’t let your hearing loss take that away from you. If you’re going to fly, tell the airline that you have hearing loss when you get the ticket. Alert the hotel or resort, also, 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.
Learn to paint or take an exercise class to help better yourself this summer. Arrive early, so you can find a spot up front. If you do miss anything, it would be good to bring a friend or two with you to let you know what you might have missed.
Take Safety Precautions This Summer
There are a couple of summertime traditions that require you to take safety measures to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Playing it safe while at the pool or swimming. Put in earplugs to avoid ear infections and don’t let your hearing aids get wet.
- Don’t go on evening walks on your own. There are potential risks such as a car driving toward you or somebody lurking close to you which you probably won’t hear.
- Safeguard what hearing you do have by using ear protection if you go to watch the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.
Making The Most of it This Summer
These summer obstacles can be mostly avoided by doing three simple things.
- Get your ears checked by a hearing care specialist. It may be possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, so you know if you do have hearing loss.
- Wear high-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of background noises so that you hear what’s relevant.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t allow the loss of hearing take it away from you.