Why permit your summer to be ruined by damaged hearing? If you don’t know about your hearing loss, it’s probably even worse. Some ear diseases and aging can bring a prolonged decline of hearing that you might not even detect. If you love summer fun, then why would you really want to miss out because you don’t hear very well? You will still be able to get out and have a great time if you find a few practical solutions to your hearing loss difficulties.
Cooking out during the summertime can be tricky if you have hearing loss. One of the most difficult things is background noise. Everywhere around you, people are talking. Kids are running about shouting and playing. You get the sounds of nature including singing birds, barking dogs, and the sound of food cooking on the grill.
All that noise competes with any remaining hearing you may have left. This type of background noise will easily overtake someone that has hearing decline.
Here are a few ideas to help you compensate:
Some of the overwhelming background noise can be minimized by going to a quiet place to sit for a while. You may need to see peoples lips so turn your back to the sun.
- Turn off the background music or turn it down, at least. Deciding not to have music is an option if you’re the host. When you are at other peoples cookouts make sure you tell the host about your hearing difficulties.
- Walk away from time to time. Working to hear takes a lot of energy. Go indoors and away from people for a short time every hour and sit someplace quiet to recharge.
- Let people know when you can’t hear. It’s annoying for you and those around you when you try to fake it. If you don’t hear what someone said, tell them. Cupping your ear and other visual clues can suggest that you can’t hear to others. Usually, people will move closer to you or speak up to help you.
Don’t try to hear everything. Understand that you can’t participate in every discussion. Instead, try to participate in smaller groups of people and set sensible limits for yourself.
Do you really know what you are missing outside? Don’t be scared to walk outdoors and focus on the sounds of the natural world. 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:
- Birds chirping
- Insects buzzing
- Crickets at night
- Blowing leaves
- Rain on your roof
- Kids running around and playing
- Dogs barking
- Waves splashing
If you simply try 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 Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
That’s truly what summertime is meant for, isn’t it? Figure out what kind of vacation you would enjoy and if there are constraints that come along with your hearing loss. For instance, a theme park may be a little too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work perfectly. Head to the zoo or possibly go to a nature preserve. Take a walk on the boardwalk near the beach or head to a museum.
You have a chance to travel this summer so don’t let your hearing loss take that away from you. If you’re going to fly, inform the airline that you have hearing loss when you get your ticket. Alert the hotel, as well, so they can get 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
Learn how to paint or maybe take an exercise class to help better yourself this summer. Arrive early, so that you can find a place up front. Take a friend or two with you and let them fill you in on what you are missing during the session.
This Summer You Should Take Safety Precautions
There are a couple of summertime traditions which require you to take safety measures to protect yourself, your ears, and any costly hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- While you are enjoying the pool or beach, make sure you play it safe. Keep your hearing aids dry and use earplugs while swimming.
- Don’t go on evening walks by yourself. There are dangers like a vehicle coming toward you or somebody lurking close to you which you probably won’t hear.
- Safeguard what hearing you do have left by wearing ear protection if you go to watch the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.
Making The Most of it This Summer
Three simple things will help you avoid most of these things.
- Have your ears examined by a hearing care specialist. It is possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing test, to determine if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Get good-quality hearing aids. They can filter out background noises so you will hear what is important.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t let the loss of hearing take it away from you.