Why let your summer get spoiled by flawed hearing? Most likely it’s even worse if you’re not aware of it. The prolonged decline of your hearing which comes with aging and certain ear diseases will mean that you don’t always realize that there are things which you don’t hear anymore. If you love summer fun, then why would you choose to get left behind simply because you can’t hear very well? You will still be able to get out and have a great time if you find some solutions to your hearing loss obstacles.
Summer cookouts do get a bit tricky if a person has loss of hearing. Background noise is one big problem. Everywhere around you, people are talking. Kids are running about shouting and playing. There is the crackling sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of the natural world.
Whatever hearing you may have left can’t contend with all that noise. When a person has hearing loss, background noises have a tendency to take over.
Here are some ideas to help you compensate:
Look for a relaxing spot to sit to eliminate some of that overwhelming background noise. You might need to see peoples lips so put your back to the sun.
- Turn off the background music or turn it down, at least. If you are hosting the barbecue, you can just choose not to have any music. Let the host know about your problem if you are going to someone else’s cookout.
- Walk away from time to time. It can be tiring when you are struggling to hear. Every hour or so try to go inside or a little ways away from all the noise.
- Let others know when you can’t hear. People will get annoyed if you attempt to fake it. If you can’t hear what someone said, tell them. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will help others realize you’re having a problem hearing. Normally, people will come closer to you or speak louder to help out.
Don’t try to hear everything. Engaging in every discussion is not a possibility. Instead, attempt to take part in smaller groups and set realistic limits for yourself.
What might you be missing by remaining inside? Don’t be scared to step outdoors and focus on the sounds of the natural world. You won’t hear everything, but with a little focus, you might be surprised by the sounds you can hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Singing birds
- Buzzing insects
- Crickets at night
- Rustling leaves
- The rain falling
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Dogs barking
- Splashing waves
If you just attempt to hear 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 Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
Isn’t that what summertime is meant for? Decide what sort of vacation you might enjoy and if there are restrictions that come with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be perfect but an amusement park might be a little too much stimulation. Spend the day at a nature preserve or possibly go to the zoo. Going to a museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk next to the beach are great choices.
Don’t let your hearing loss rob you of your chance to travel this summer. Tell the airline about your condition when you get your ticket if you are flying. Alert the hotel, also, so they can give 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.
Work on Yourself
Look for ways to better yourself this summer like going to an exercise class or learning to paint. Show up early, so you can find a place up front. Take a friend or two with you and let them fill you in on what you might miss during the session.
This Summer You Should Take Safety Precautions
There are a couple of summer activities which require you to take precautions to protect yourself, your ears, and any costly 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 wear earplugs while swimming.
- Bring a friend with you on those enjoyable evening walks. There are potential risks such as a vehicle driving toward you or someone lurking near you which you might not hear.
- Safeguard 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.
Making The Most of it This Summer
Most of these summer obstacles become less significant when you do three simple things.
- Get your ears checked by a hearing care specialist. It is possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing examination, to determine if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Get good-quality hearing aids. They will get rid of background noises so that you will hear what’s important.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t allow hearing loss take it away from you.