Should you just sit inside and lose out on summer just because you don’t hear very well? In the worse case you don’t know you have hearing loss. The prolonged decay of hearing that comes with aging and some ear diseases can mean that you don’t always recognize that there are things which you can’t hear any longer. If you enjoy summer fun, then why would you want to miss out simply because you don’t hear very well? Search for remedies to the difficulties that come with the loss of hearing, so you can go out there and enjoy the good times with everyone else.
Hearing loss can get challenging at summer barbecues. To begin with, there is a lot of background noise. Lots of people are chatting everywhere. On the lawn and in the pool kids are yelling and having fun. There is the crackling sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of the natural world.
If you do have some measure of hearing loss, all of these noises and sounds can be quite challenging. When someone has hearing decline, background sounds tend to take over.
There are some things you can do to compensate such as:
Find a quiet spot to sit to minimize some of that overwhelming background noise. You might need to see peoples lips so put your back to the sun.
- Turn off any background music or turn it down, at least. If it’s your barbecue, you can simply choose not to have any music. At other peoples cookouts be sure to tell the host about your hearing difficulties.
- Now and then just walk away. It can be exhausting when you are struggling to hear. Go inside and away from people for a short time each hour and sit somewhere quiet to recharge.
- Inform others that you can’t hear. It’s annoying for you and those around you if you try to fake it. Let people know when you can’t hear them. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will help others realize you’re having a problem hearing. Usually, people will step closer or speak louder 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 reasonable limits for yourself and try to engage in smaller groups instead.
Do you truly understand what you might be missing outside? Don’t be scared to step outside the house and concentrate on the sounds of nature. No, you won’t be capable of hearing everything but with a little focus, you might hear more than you might think.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Chirping birds
- Insects buzzing
- Evening crickets
- Blowing leaves
- Rain on your roof
- Kids running around and playing
- Barking dogs
- Splashing waves
Manage expectations when going outside, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by trying to hear one thing at a time.
Enjoy Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
Isn’t that what summertime is all about? What type of vacation would you enjoy? What restrictions come along with your hearing loss that will affect it? Sailing or fishing would be perfect but a theme park might be a little too much. Head to the zoo or maybe go to a nature preserve. A museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk next to the beach are great choices.
You have a chance to travel this summer so you shouldn’t let your hearing loss take that away from you. If you’re going to fly, tell the airline that you have hearing loss when you get the ticket. Inform the hotel, too, 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 to paint or maybe take an exercise class to help improve yourself this summer. Arrive early, so you can get a spot up front. If you do miss anything, it would be prudent to have a friend or two with you to fill in the blanks.
Take Safety Measures This Summer
There are a couple of summer traditions that require you to take precautions to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Taking care when by the pool or swimming. Use earplugs to avoid ear infections and don’t let your hearing aids get wet.
- If you want to walk in the evening to enjoy the night air, bring someone with you. There are dangers such as a vehicle driving toward you or somebody lurking close to you which you probably won’t hear.
- Safeguard what hearing you do have left by wearing 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
These summer obstacles can be largely avoided by doing three simple things.
- Get your ears checked by a hearing specialist. It may be possible that 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 get rid of background noises so that you hear what’s important.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t permit the loss of hearing take it away from you.