Should you just stay indoors and miss out on summer just because you don’t hear very well? Most likely it’s much worse if you don’t know it. The prolonged decline of hearing that comes with getting older and some ear diseases can mean that you don’t always realize that there are some things you can’t hear any longer. You might also stay away from doing fun summertime events that you love just because you don’t hear as well. There are various solutions to your hearing loss that should get you back out there having summertime fun.
Cooking out in the summer can be tricky when you have loss of hearing. Background noise is one big problem. Lots of people are conversing everywhere. Kids are running around yelling and playing. There is the crackling sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of nature.
All that noise competes with any residual hearing you have left. When somebody has hearing loss, background noises have a tendency to take over.
There are things you can try to compensate such as:
Sitting in a quiet spot for short periods will help get rid of some of that overwhelming background noise. Turning away from the sun will permit you to look at people when they talk and read their lips to figure out words you miss.
- You can turn down the volume of background music. Deciding not to play music is an option if you’re the host. At other peoples barbecues be sure to tell the host that you have hearing difficulties.
- Get away from time to time. It takes a lot of energy struggling to hear. Every hour or so try to 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, tell them. Cupping your ear and other visual hints can suggest that you can’t hear to others. They will usually step closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t try to hear everything. Taking part in every discussion is not an option. Set practical limits for yourself and try to engage in small groups instead.
If you just remain indoors you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Don’t be afraid to step outside the house and focus on the sounds of nature. No, you won’t be capable of hearing 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
- The leaves blowing
- The rain falling
- Kids running around and playing
- Dogs barking
- Waves splashing
Manage expectations when you go outdoors, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by attempting to listen to one thing at a time.
Enjoy Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
Isn’t that what summer is meant for? Decide what sort of vacation you would like and if there are restrictions that come along with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be ideal but an amusement park would probably be a little too much stimulation. Spend the day at a nature preserve or maybe go to the zoo. A museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk by the beach are great choices.
You have a chance to travel this summer so you shouldn’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 give you a room that has accommodations for the hearing impaired such as smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs with closed captioning.
Work on Yourself
Look for ways to better yourself this summer like taking an exercise class or learning to paint. Show up early, so you can find a place up front. If you miss anything, it would be prudent to bring a friend or two with you to fill in the blanks.
Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer
There are a number of summertime activities which require you to take safety measures to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Taking care while by the pool or swimming. Wear earplugs to prevent ear infections and don’t let your hearing aids get wet.
- Don’t go on evening walks on your own. There are dangers like a vehicle coming toward you or somebody lurking near you which you might not hear.
- If you are going to fireworks or maybe a live show, use ear protection.
Making The Most of it This Summer
These summertime challenges can be largely eliminated by doing three simple things.
- Get your ears examined by a hearing specialist. It may be possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing examination, to determine if you do have hearing loss.
- Wear good-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of background noises so that you will hear what’s important.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t let the loss of hearing rob you of that.