Is loss of hearing interfering with your summer fun? Most likely it’s even worse if you don’t know it. The slow decline of your hearing that comes with aging and certain ear diseases will mean that you won’t always realize that there are things you can’t hear anymore. When you don’t hear as well it’s very likely that you won’t even go to many exciting summertime activities. There are a few solutions to your loss of hearing that will get you right back out there having summer fun.
Summertime barbecues do get a little tricky if a person has loss of hearing. For one thing, there is a large amount of background noise. There are a lot of discussions happening around you. On the lawn and in the pool youngsters are yelling and having fun. There is the sound of the food cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of the natural world.
If you do have some measure of loss of hearing, all of these noises and sounds can be quite frustrating. When someone has hearing decline, background noises have a tendency to take over.
There are things you can try to compensate including:
Some of the overpowering background noise can be reduced by going to a peaceful place to sit for a while. Facing 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 you are hosting the barbecue, you can just choose not to have any music. When you are at other peoples cookouts make sure you tell the host that you have hearing difficulties.
- Now and then just walk away. It can be tiring when you are struggling to hear. Every hour or so try to go indoors or a little ways away from all the noise.
- Let people know if you can’t hear. It’s frustrating for you and those around you when you try to fake it. Let people know when you can’t hear them. Cupping your ear and other visual hints can indicate that you can’t hear to others. They will usually move 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, attempt to participate in smaller groups and set practical limits for yourself.
What might you be missing by remaining inside the house? Don’t be frightened to walk outside the house and concentrate on the sounds of nature. No, you won’t be able to hear everything but with a little concentration, you might hear more than you might think.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Chirping birds
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets at night
- Rustling leaves
- Rain on your roof
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Barking dogs
- Waves splashing
Temper expectations when going outdoors, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by attempting to hear one thing at a time.
Enjoy Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
Isn’t that what summer is meant for? What type of vacation do you enjoy? What constraints come along with your hearing loss that will affect it? Sailing or fishing would be ideal but a theme park would probably be a little too much. Going out into nature would also work. Take a walk on the boardwalk near the beach or go to a museum.
Don’t let your loss of hearing 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, 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.
Work on Yourself
Look for ways to better yourself this summer such as taking a fitness class or learning how to paint. Show up early, so that you can get a place up front. Take a couple of friends with you and have them fill you in on what you are missing during the session.
This Summer You Should Take Safety Precautions
There are a number of summertime traditions that require you to take safety measures to protect yourself, your ears, and any costly hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Taking care when at the pool or swimming. Make sure you take care of your hearing aids from water damage and wear some earplugs when you go swimming to prevent ear infections.
- Bring a friend with you when you go on those pleasant evening walks. You may miss the warning sounds from potential threats like oncoming vehicles or maybe even a threatening stranger walking up behind you.
- Safeguard what hearing you may have left by using ear protection if you go to watch the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.
Making The Most of it This Summer
These summertime difficulties can be largely eliminated by doing three simple things.
- Have your ears examined by a hearing care 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 can filter out background noises so that you hear what’s relevant.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t allow the loss of hearing rob you of that.