Why permit your summer to be spoiled by bad hearing? Chances are it’s much worse if you don’t know it. The slow decline of your hearing that comes with getting older and some ear diseases can mean that you don’t always realize that there are some things you don’t hear any longer. When your hearing has declined it’s very likely that you won’t even go to many fun summertime activities. There are some solutions to your loss of hearing that should get you right back out there having summertime fun.
Summer barbecues do get a bit challenging if you have loss of hearing. For one thing, there is a lot of background noise. All around you, people are chatting. Kids are running about shouting and playing. There is the crackling of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of the natural world.
All that noise interferes with any residual hearing you may have left. This amount of background noise can easily overwhelm someone that has hearing loss.
Try these things to compensate:
Sitting in a quiet place for short periods of time will help eliminate some of that overwhelming background noise. You may need to look at peoples lips so put your back to the sun.
- You can reduce the volume of background music. If it’s your barbecue, you can simply decide not to have any music. At other peoples barbecues be sure to tell the host about your hearing difficulties.
- Get away from time to time. Struggling to hear takes a lot of energy. Go inside and away from everyone for a few minutes each hour and sit someplace quiet to recharge.
- Let others know if you can’t hear. People will get frustrated if you try to fake it. If you don’t hear what someone said, tell them. Cupping your ear and other visual clues can suggest that you can’t hear to others. Usually, people will come closer or speak up to help.
Don’t try to hear everything. Understand that you can’t participate in every conversation. Set reasonable limits for yourself and try to engage in smaller groups instead.
Do you really know what you are missing outside? Don’t be scared to step outside the house and concentrate on the sounds of the natural world. No, you won’t be able to hear everything but with a little focus, you might hear more than you think possible.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds singing
- Insects buzzing
- Evening crickets
- Blowing leaves
- Falling rain
- Kids running around and playing
- Barking dogs
- Waves splashing
If you just try 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 a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
That’s really what summer is all about, isn’t it? Decide what kind of vacation you might like and if there are limitations that come with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be perfect but a theme park could be a little too much stimulation. Go to the zoo or maybe go to a nature preserve. Going to a museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk by the beach are excellent choices.
You have an opportunity 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. Inform the hotel, too, so they can give 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.
Work on Yourself
Learn to paint or take a fitness class to improve yourself this summer. Arrive early, so you can get a place up front. If you miss anything, it would be good to have a friend or two with you to let you know what you might have missed.
Take Safety Measures This Summer
There are a number of summer 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 enjoying the pool or beach, play it safe. Don’t let your hearing aids get wet and use earplugs when you go in the water.
- Take a friend with you on those enjoyable evening walks. You may miss the warning sounds from potential threats such as oncoming vehicles or maybe even a frightening stranger walking up behind you.
- Protect what hearing you may have left by using ear protection if you go to watch the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
Three easy things will help you avoid most of these things.
- Get your ears checked by a hearing care specialist. It is possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, so you know if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Wear high-quality hearing aids. They can filter out any background noises so that you hear what is important.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t allow the loss of hearing rob you of that.