Why let your summer be spoiled by flawed hearing? In the worse case you don’t know you have hearing loss. A few ear conditions and getting older can bring a prolonged decline of hearing that you may not even notice. When you don’t hear as well it’s likely that you won’t attend many awesome summertime activities. Search for solutions to the difficulties that come with the loss of hearing, so you can get out there and enjoy the fun with everyone else.
Summer barbecues do get a little tricky when you have hearing loss. Background noise is one big difficulty you will have. All around you, people are talking. Kids might be playing in the yard or yelling in the pool. You get the sounds of nature such as singing birds, barking dogs, and the crackling sound of food cooking on the grill.
All that noise interferes with any residual hearing you may have left. When somebody has hearing loss, background sounds tend to take over.
There are things you can do to compensate like:
Find a relaxing spot to sit to eliminate some of that overwhelming background noise. Facing away from the sun will allow you to see people when they talk and use their lips to figure out words you miss.
- Turn off the background music or turn it down, at least. You could choose to go without the music if you are the host of the barbecue. Tell the host about your problem if you are attending someone else’s barbecue.
- Walk away from time to time. It can be fatiguing when you are struggling to hear. Go indoors and away from everyone for a short time every 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. Cupping your ear and other visual hints can show that you can’t hear to others. They will usually get closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t try to hear everything. The fact that you can’t participate in every conversation is something you need to acknowledge. Set realistic limits for yourself and try to participate in small groups instead.
Do you really realize what you are missing outside? Don’t be afraid to walk outside the house and focus on the sounds of the natural world. No, you won’t be capable of hearing everything but with a little concentration, you may hear more than you think possible.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds chirping
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets at night
- The leaves blowing
- Rain on your roof
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Dogs barking
- Splashing waves
If you just try to listen to one thing at a time, you can manage your expectations every time you go outdoors, head to the beach or walk in the park.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
Isn’t that what summer is all about? Determine what type of vacation you would enjoy and if there are restrictions that come with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be ideal but an amusement park would probably be a bit too much. Spend a day walking around a nature preserve or perhaps go to the zoo. Take a walk on the boardwalk by the beach or head to a museum.
Don’t let your loss of hearing 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 or resort, too, 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.
Look for methods to better yourself this summer like going to an exercise class or learning to paint. If you want to find a place in the front, be sure to get there early. If you do miss anything, it would be prudent to have a couple of friends with you to let you know what you might have missed.
Take Safety Precautions This Summer
There are a couple of summer traditions that require you to take precautions to protect yourself, your ears, and any costly hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Taking care when by the pool or swimming. Keep your hearing aids dry and put in earplugs while swimming.
- Bring a friend with you when you go on those nice evening walks. Loss of hearing means that you won’t always perceive things such as cars coming towards you or even someone coming up behind you.
- If you are attending fireworks or maybe a live show, wear ear protection.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
Three simple things will help you avoid most of these things.
- Have your ears examined 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.
- Get high-quality hearing aids. They can filter out background noises so you hear what’s relevant.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t allow the loss of hearing rob you of that.