Should you just remain indoors and miss out on summer fun just because you don’t hear very well? Chances are it’s much worse if you don’t know it. The slow decline of your hearing which goes along with getting older and certain ear diseases can mean that you don’t always realize that there are some things which you don’t hear any longer. When you don’t hear as well it’s very likely that you won’t even participate in many awesome summer activities. Look for solutions to the challenges which come along with loss of hearing, so you can get out there and enjoy the good times with all your friends.
Barbecuing during the summer can be tricky when you have loss of hearing. To begin with, there is a lot of background noise. There are so many discussions going on all around you. Kids might be having fun in the grass or pool. There is the crackling sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of the natural world.
All that noise competes with any remaining hearing you may have left. Background noises will overtake someone with hearing loss.
Try to do these things to compensate:
Some of the overwhelming background noise can be minimized by finding a peaceful place to sit for a while. Turning away from the sun will allow you to see people when they are talking and read their lips to figure out words you miss.
- Turn off the background music or turn it down, at least. If you are hosting the barbecue, you can simply decide not to play music. At other peoples barbecues be sure to tell the host that you have hearing difficulties.
- Walk away from time to time. It can be tiring when you are struggling to hear. Go indoors and away from everyone for a few minutes every hour and go someplace quiet to recharge.
- Let others know when you can’t hear. It’s frustrating for you and those near you if you try to fake it. If you can’t hear what someone said, let them know. Cupping your ear and other visual clues can suggest that you can’t hear to others. They will automatically step closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. Understand that you can’t get involved in every conversation. Instead, attempt to engage in small groups of people and set practical limits for yourself.
What might you be missing by remaining inside the house? Don’t be scared to walk outdoors and focus on the sounds of the natural world. You won’t hear everything, but with a small amount of focus, you may be surprised by the things you can hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds chirping
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets at night
- Rustling leaves
- The rain falling
- Kids running around and playing
- Dogs barking
- Splashing waves
Temper expectations when you go 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
That’s truly what summer is all about, isn’t it? What kind of vacation do you enjoy? What constraints come along with your hearing loss that will affect it? For instance, an amusement park could be a little too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work nicely. Going out into nature would also work. 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 opportunity to travel this summer. Tell the airline about your condition when you get your ticket if you are flying. Alert the hotel or resort, also, so they can get 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 better yourself this summer. Arrive early, so that you can get a spot up front. If you do miss anything, it would be smart to bring a friend or two with you to fill in the blanks.
Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer
There are a number of summer 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 to take care of your hearing aids from water damage and use some earplugs if you go into the water to prevent ear infections.
- If you choose to walk after dark to enjoy the cool night air, bring a friend with you. You may not hear the warning sounds from potential hazards such as oncoming vehicles or maybe even a threatening stranger coming up from behind you.
- Wear ear protection at fireworks shows and at live shows.
Making The Most of it This Summer
Three simple things will help you eliminate most of these things.
- Get your ears checked by a hearing specialist. It is possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, to determine if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Wear high-quality hearing aids. They will get rid of any background noises so you will hear what’s relevant.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t allow hearing loss rob you of that.