Why permit your summer to be wrecked by flawed hearing? In the worse case you’re not even aware you have loss of hearing. Certain ear conditions and aging bring a slow loss of hearing which you might not even recognize. If you enjoy summer fun, then why would you want to miss out just because you can’t hear that well? There are some solutions to your hearing loss that should get you right back out there having summertime fun.
Cooking out during the summertime can be tricky when you have hearing loss. Background noise is one big problem. All around you, people are conversing. Kids could be having fun in the yard or swimming pool. You get the sounds of nature like singing birds, barking dogs, and the sound of food cooking on the grill.
If you do have some measure of hearing loss, all of these noises and sounds will be very frustrating. This amount of background noise will easily overtake someone who has hearing decline.
Try to do these things to compensate:
Find a quiet spot to sit to eliminate some of that overpowering background noise. Facing away from the sun will allow 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. If it’s your barbecue, you can just choose not to have any music. If you are going to someone else’s barbecue, explain the problem to the host.
- Now and then simply walk away. You use a lot of energy struggling to hear. Go inside and away from people for a few minutes every hour and sit somewhere quiet to recharge.
- Inform others that you can’t hear. It’s frustrating for you and those near you if you try to fake it. If you don’t hear what someone said, let them know. You should also use visual hints that you are struggling such as cupping your ear. They will automatically move closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. Accept that you can’t participate in every conversation. Alternatively, try to engage in smaller groups of people and set practical limits for yourself.
What might you be missing by remaining inside? Don’t be frightened to step outside and concentrate on the sounds of nature. You won’t be able to hear everything, but with a little focus, you may be amazed by the sounds you will hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds singing
- Buzzing insects
- Crickets in the evening
- Rustling leaves
- Falling rain
- Kids running around and playing
- Dogs barking
- Waves splashing
If you only try to listen to one thing at a time, you can manage your expectations every time you go outside, head to the beach or walk in the park.
Enjoy Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
Isn’t that what summer is meant for? Figure out what kind of vacation you might like and if there are restrictions that come along with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be perfect but a theme park would probably be a bit too much stimulation. Head to the zoo or maybe go to a nature preserve. Stroll on the boardwalk by the beach or head to a museum.
You have an opportunity to travel this summer so don’t let your hearing loss take that away from you. If you’re going to fly, notify the airline that you have hearing loss when you buy your ticket. Inform the hotel, also, so they can give you a room that has accommodations for the hearing impaired such as smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs that have closed captioning.
Work on Yourself
Look for methods to better yourself this summer such as going to a fitness class or learning how to paint. Arrive early, so you can find a spot up front. If you miss anything, it would be good to have a couple of friends with you to fill in the blanks.
This Summer You Should Take Safety Measures
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:
- When you are enjoying the pool or beach, make sure you play it safe. Use earplugs to prevent ear infections and don’t let your hearing aids get wet.
- Remember not to go on evening walks on your own. There are potential risks such as a car driving toward you or someone lurking near you which you probably won’t hear.
- Wear ear protection at fireworks shows and at concerts.
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 specialist. It may be possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, to determine if you do have hearing loss.
- Get good-quality hearing aids. They can filter out background noises so that you will hear what is relevant.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t permit hearing loss rob you of that.