Is the loss of hearing getting in the way of your summer fun? Most likely it’s much worse if you’re not aware of it. Certain ear diseases and aging bring a prolonged loss of hearing which you may not even recognize. When your hearing has declined it’s likely that you won’t attend many fun summer activities. You will still be capable of getting out and having a blast if you look for certain solutions to your hearing loss difficulties.
Barbecuing in the summer can be tricky if you have loss of hearing. One of the hardest issues is background noise. People are talking all around you. Kids are running about screaming and playing. There is the sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of the natural world.
Whatever hearing you may have left can’t contend with all that diverse noise. When someone has hearing decline, background noises tend to take over.
Try to do these things to compensate:
Some of the overwhelming background noise can be lessened by going to a peaceful place to sit for a while. You may need to see peoples lips so turn your back to the sun.
- Shut off the background music or turn it down, at least. Choosing not to play music is an option if you’re the host. Let the host know about your problem if you are going to someone else’s barbecue.
- Now and then simply walk away. Struggling to hear takes a lot of energy. Go indoors and away from everyone for a short time every hour and sit someplace quiet to recharge.
- Inform others that you can’t hear. Don’t attempt to fake it because that can irritate others. If you can’t hear what someone said, let them know. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will help others realize you’re having a problem hearing. Normally, people will move closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. Taking part in every discussion is not a possibility. Set practical limits for yourself and try to participate in small groups instead.
If you just remain inside you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Don’t be frightened to step outside the house and concentrate on the sounds of the natural world. No, you won’t be capable of hearing everything but with a little focus, you might hear more than you think possible.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Birds singing
- Buzzing insects
- Crickets in the evening
- Blowing leaves
- Falling rain
- Kids running around and playing
- Dogs barking
- Waves splashing
If you just attempt to listen to one thing at a time, you can manage your expectations every time you go outside, head to the beach or walk in the park.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
Isn’t that what summertime is meant for? Decide what type of vacation you might like and if there are limitations that come with your hearing loss. As an example, a theme park might be a bit too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work nicely. Going out into nature should also work. Stroll on the boardwalk by the beach or go to a museum.
You have a chance to travel this summer so don’t let your hearing loss take that away from you. 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 get you a room that has accommodations for the hearing impaired like smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs with closed captioning.
Work on Yourself
Learn to paint or perhaps take a fitness class to better yourself this summer. Arrive early, so you can get a place up front. Take a friend or two with you and have them fill you in on what you are missing during the session.
Take Safety Precautions This Summer
There are a number of summertime traditions that require you to take safeguards 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, play it safe. Keep your hearing aids dry and use earplugs while swimming.
- Bring someone with you when you go on those nice evening walks. You may not hear the warning sounds from potential threats such as oncoming traffic or maybe even a frightening stranger walking up from behind you.
- If you are attending fireworks or maybe a live show, use ear protection.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
These summer difficulties can be mostly avoided by doing 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, so you know if you do have hearing loss.
- Get high-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of any background noises so you will hear what is relevant.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t allow the loss of hearing rob you of that.