Are you going to sit inside and miss summer fun because you don’t hear very well? Chances are it’s even worse if you’re not aware of it. Some ear diseases and aging can bring a slow loss of hearing that you may not even detect. If you love summer fun, then why would you want to get left behind simply because you don’t hear that well? There are a few solutions to your hearing loss that will get you right back out there having summertime fun.
Summertime cookouts do get a little tricky if you have hearing loss. One of the most challenging things is background noise. Everywhere around you, people are chatting. Kids might be playing in the grass or swimming pool. There is the crackling sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of the natural world.
Whatever hearing you may have left can’t compete with all that diverse noise. This amount of background noise can easily overtake someone that has hearing decline.
Here are some tips to help you compensate:
Sitting in a peaceful spot for short periods of time will help get rid of some of that overpowering background noise. You may need to see peoples lips so turn your back to the sun.
- Shut off any background music or turn it down, at least. If you are hosting the barbecue, you can just decide not to have any music. Tell the host about your issue if you are going to someone else’s barbecue.
- Now and then just walk away. It can be tiring when you are struggling to hear. Every hour or so go indoors or away from all the noise.
- Inform others that you can’t hear. People will get annoyed when you attempt to fake it. If you can’t hear what someone said, let them know. You should also utilize visual hints that you are struggling such as cupping your ear. Normally, people will step closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. Accept that you can’t take part in every conversation. Set sensible limits for yourself and try to participate in smaller groups instead.
Do you truly realize what you are missing outside? Don’t be scared to step outside and focus on the sounds of the natural world. You won’t be able to hear everything, but with a small amount of focus, you might be amazed by the things you will hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Singing birds
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets at night
- The leaves blowing
- The rain falling
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Barking dogs
- Waves splashing
If you only attempt to listen to one thing at a time, you can manage your expectations every time you go outside, head for the beach or walk in the park.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
Isn’t that what summer is all about? Determine what type of vacation you would like and if there are restrictions that come along with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be perfect but an amusement park would probably be a bit too much. Go to the zoo or perhaps go to a nature preserve. Going to a museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk by the beach are excellent choices.
Don’t let your hearing loss take away 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 offer you a room with 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 methods to improve yourself this summer such as taking a fitness class or learning to paint. If you would like to find a place in the front, be sure to get there early. If you do miss anything, it would be prudent to bring a couple of friends with you to let you know what you might have missed.
Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer
There are a couple of summertime activities which require you to take safety measures to protect yourself, your ears, and any costly hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Playing it safe when at the pool or swimming. 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 dangers such as a car coming toward you or someone lurking close to you which you probably won’t hear.
- Safeguard what hearing you may have left by using ear protection if you go to see the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.
Making The Most of it This Summer
Many of these summer challenges become less significant if you do three simple things.
- Get your ears checked by a hearing specialist. It is possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing examination, to determine if you do have hearing loss.
- Get good-quality hearing aids. They will filter out any background noises so that you will hear what is important.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t let hearing loss take it away from you.