Why permit your summer to be spoiled by damaged hearing? Chances are it’s much worse if you don’t know it. The prolonged decline of your hearing which comes with getting older and some ear diseases can mean that you don’t always recognize that there are some things which you can’t hear anymore. If you love summer fun, then why would you want to lose out just because you can’t hear that well? There are a few solutions to your loss of hearing that will get you back out there having summertime fun.
Summertime cookouts do get a little tricky when a person has loss of hearing. One of the most challenging issues is background noise. Lots of people are conversing all around you. On the lawn and in the pool children are yelling and playing. You get the sounds of nature including singing birds, barking dogs, and the crackling sound of food cooking on the grill.
Whatever hearing that may remain can’t contend with all that noise. Background noises will overwhelm someone with hearing decline.
There are things you can do to compensate such as:
Look for a quiet place to sit to minimize some of that overwhelming background noise. Turning away from the sun will permit you to see people when they talk and read their lips to figure out words you miss.
- Shut off the background music or turn it down, at least. If it’s your barbecue, you can simply decide not to have any music. If you are going to someone else’s cookout, explain the issue to the host.
- Now and then just walk away. It takes a lot of energy struggling to hear. Go indoors and away from everyone for a short time every hour and sit somewhere quiet to recharge.
- Inform others that you can’t hear. Don’t attempt to fake it because that can irritate others. Tell people when you can’t hear them. You should also use visual clues that you are struggling such as cupping your ear. They will quickly get closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. The fact that you can’t engage in every conversation is something you need to acknowledge. As an alternative, try to take part in small groups of people and set sensible limits for yourself.
Do you really understand what you might be missing outside? Don’t be afraid to go outside the house and concentrate 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 sounds you can hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Singing birds
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets in the evening
- Rustling leaves
- Rain on your roof
- Kids running around and playing
- Dogs barking
- Waves splashing
If you just try to hear 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 Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
Isn’t that what summertime is meant for? Figure out what sort of vacation you would like and if there are constraints that come along with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be ideal but an amusement park might be a little too much. Spend a day walking around a nature preserve or perhaps 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 take away 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, as well, so they can give you a room that has accommodations for the hearing impaired such as smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs that have closed captioning.
Work on Yourself
Look for ways to improve yourself this summer such as going to an exercise class or learning to paint. Arrive early, so you can get a place up front. If you do miss anything, it would be prudent to have a friend or two with you to let you know what you might have missed.
This Summer You Should Take Safety Precautions
There are a number of summer traditions which require you to take precautions to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- When you are enjoying the pool or beach, play it safe. Keep your hearing aids dry and use earplugs while swimming.
- Remember not to go on evening walks alone. There are dangers like a vehicle coming toward you or somebody lurking close to you which you probably won’t hear.
- Wear ear protection at fireworks shows and at live shows.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
Three simple things will help you prevent most of these things.
- Get your ears checked by a hearing care specialist. It is possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, to determine if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Get high-quality hearing aids. They will get rid of any 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.