Is hearing loss interfering with your summer fun? In the worse case you’re not even aware you have hearing loss. The prolonged decline of hearing that goes along with aging and certain ear diseases will mean that you don’t always recognize that there are things you don’t hear any longer. You may also stay away from doing fun summertime events that you love because you can’t hear as well. There are some solutions to your loss of hearing that should get you right back out there having summertime fun.
Barbecuing in the summertime may get difficult when you have loss of hearing. For one thing, there is a lot of background noise. There are so many conversations happening all around you. Kids are running around screaming and playing. You have the sounds of nature like singing birds, barking dogs, and the crackling sound of cooking on the grill.
All that noise interferes with any residual hearing you may have left. This amount of background noise will easily overwhelm someone that has hearing decline.
There are some things you can do to compensate such as:
Look for a relaxing spot to sit to eliminate some of that overwhelming background noise. Turning away from the sun will allow you to look at people when they are talking and read their lips to figure out words you miss.
- You can turn down the volume of background music. You could make the decision not to have music if you are the host of the barbecue. At other peoples barbecues make sure you tell the host about your hearing difficulties.
- Walk away from time to time. You use a lot of energy struggling to hear. Go indoors and away from everyone for a short time every hour and go somewhere quiet to recharge.
- Let people know when you can’t hear. Don’t attempt to fake it because that can frustrate others. If you can’t hear what someone said, let them know. You can also make use of visual clues 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. Actively taking part in every conversation is not an option. Set sensible limits for yourself and try to participate in smaller groups instead.
Do you really realize what you are missing outside? Don’t be frightened to step outside the house and focus on the sounds of nature. No, you won’t be able to hear everything but with a little focus, you might hear more than you might think.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds chirping
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets in the evening
- Blowing leaves
- The rain falling
- Kids running around and playing
- Dogs barking
- Waves splashing
Manage expectations when you go outside, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by attempting to hear one thing at a time.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
Isn’t that what summertime is all about? What type of vacation do you enjoy? What restrictions come along with your hearing loss that will affect it? Sailing or fishing would be perfect but an amusement park might be a bit too much. Head to the zoo or perhaps go to a nature preserve. Walk on the boardwalk near the beach or head to a museum.
You have an opportunity to travel this summer so you shouldn’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 or resort, also, so they can offer you a room with accommodations for the hearing impaired such as smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs that have closed captioning.
Learn how to paint or take an exercise class to improve yourself this summer. Arrive early, so that you can get a spot up front. Bring a couple of friends with you and let them fill you in on what you might miss during the session.
Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer
There are a number of summertime activities which require you to take safety measures to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- While you are at the pool or beach, make sure you play it safe. Make sure you take care of your hearing aids from water damage and wear some earplugs if you go swimming to avoid ear infections.
- Remember not to take evening walks alone. The loss of hearing means that you don’t always perceive sounds such as cars coming towards you or maybe even someone lurking behind you.
- Wear ear protection at fireworks shows and at live shows.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
These summertime difficulties can be mostly avoided by doing three simple things.
- Have your ears checked by a hearing specialist. It is possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing examination, so you know if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Wear high-quality hearing aids. They will filter out background noises so you hear what’s relevant.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t permit hearing loss rob you of that.