Should you just sit inside and miss out on summer fun because you can’t hear very well? If you don’t know about your hearing loss, it’s even worse. Certain ear conditions and aging carry a slow loss of hearing which you might not even recognize. You may also stay away from doing summer events that you love just because you don’t hear as well. Look for solutions to the challenges that come along with hearing loss, so you can get out there and enjoy the fun with everyone else.
Summer barbecues do get a bit tricky if you have hearing loss. Background noise is one big problem. There are so many conversations happening all around you. Kids are running about screaming and playing. There is the crackling of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of nature.
All that noise interferes with any remaining hearing you have left. This type of background noise will easily overtake someone who has hearing decline.
There are some things you can try to compensate like:
Sitting in a quiet spot for short periods of time can help get rid of some of that overpowering background noise. You may need to look at peoples lips so put your back to the sun.
- You can turn down the volume of background music. You could decide not to have music if you are the host of the barbecue. When you are at other peoples barbecues be sure to tell the host about your hearing difficulties.
- Now and then just walk away. You use a lot of energy struggling to hear. Every hour or so go inside or a little ways away from all the noise.
- Inform others that you can’t hear. People will get annoyed if you try to fake it. If you can’t hear what someone said, let them know. You can also utilize visual clues that you are struggling such as cupping your ear. They will automatically get closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. Understand that you can’t take part in every conversation. Alternatively, attempt to participate in small groups of people and set sensible limits for yourself.
If you just stay indoors you won’t recognize what you’re missing out on. Don’t be scared to go outside and focus on the sounds of nature. No, you won’t be capable of hearing everything but with a little focus, you may hear more than you might think.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Chirping birds
- Buzzing insects
- Crickets at night
- Rustling leaves
- Falling rain
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Dogs barking
- Waves splashing
Temper expectations when you go outdoors, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by trying to hear one thing at a time.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
That’s truly what summertime is all about, isn’t it? What kind of vacation would you enjoy? What limitations come 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 stimulation. Go to the zoo or possibly go to a nature preserve. A museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk by the beach are excellent choices.
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, as well, 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 with closed captioning.
Look for ways to better yourself this summer like taking a fitness class or learning to paint. Arrive early, so that you can get a spot up front. Bring a friend or two with you and let them fill you in on what you might miss during the session.
Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer
There are a number of summer activities which require you to take precautions to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- While you are enjoying the pool or beach, make sure you play it safe. Make sure to protect your hearing aids from water damage and use some earplugs if you go into the water to avoid ear infections.
- If you want to walk after dark to enjoy the night air, take someone with you. There are dangers like a car coming toward you or somebody lurking near you which you might not hear.
- If you are attending fireworks or maybe a concert, wear ear protection.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
Many of these summertime difficulties become less substantial when you do three easy things.
- Have 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 have hearing loss.
- Wear good-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of background noises so you will hear what is relevant.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t allow hearing loss take it away from you.