Should you just remain inside and miss summer fun because you can’t hear very well? Chances are it’s even worse if you don’t know it. The slow decline of hearing that comes with aging and some ear diseases will mean that you won’t always recognize that there are things you can’t hear anymore. You may also stay away from doing summer activities that you love simply because you don’t hear as well. Search for remedies to the difficulties that come along with loss of hearing, so you can go out there and enjoy the fun with all your friends.
Loss of hearing will be tricky during summer cookouts. One of the most difficult things is background noise. People are talking everywhere. Kids are running around screaming and enjoying themselves. There is the crackling sound of the food cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of nature.
If you do have some measure of hearing loss, all of these various noises and sounds can be extremely challenging. When someone has hearing decline, background noises tend to take over.
There are some things you can try to compensate such as:
Sitting in a peaceful spot for short periods of time can help get rid of some of that overwhelming background noise. You may need to see peoples lips so put your back to the sun.
- You can turn down the volume of background music. You might choose not to have music if you are the host of the barbecue. At other peoples cookouts be sure to tell the host about your hearing difficulties.
- Get away from time to time. You use 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. Let people know when you can’t hear them. Cupping your ear and other visual hints can show that you can’t hear to others. They will automatically get 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. Set reasonable limits for yourself and try to take part in small groups instead.
If you just stay indoors you don’t know what you’re missing. Don’t be scared to step outdoors and concentrate on the sounds of the natural world. No, you won’t be able to hear everything but with a little concentration, you might hear more than you think possible.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Singing birds
- Buzzing insects
- Crickets in the evening
- The leaves blowing
- The rain falling
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Barking dogs
- Splashing waves
Manage expectations when going outside, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by attempting to hear one thing at a time.
Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip
Isn’t that what summer is all about? Figure out what kind of vacation you might enjoy and if there are limitations that come along with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be perfect but a theme park would probably be a little too much. Going out into nature should also work. Going to a museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk next to the beach are excellent choices.
Don’t let your hearing loss rob you of your chance to travel this summer. Tell the airline about your condition when you get your ticket if you are flying. Inform the hotel, too, 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 with closed captioning.
Work on Yourself
Look for methods to improve yourself this summer such as going to a fitness class or learning how to paint. Arrive early, so that you can get a spot up front. If you do miss anything, it would be prudent to have a couple of friends with you to fill in the blanks.
This Summer You Should Take Safety Measures
There are a couple of summer activities which require you to take safeguards 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. Wear earplugs to prevent ear infections and keep your hearing aids dry.
- Remember not to take evening walks alone. You may miss the warning sounds from potential hazards like oncoming vehicles or maybe even a frightening stranger coming up behind you.
- Protect what hearing you may have by using ear protection if you go to see the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
Three easy things will help you eliminate most of these things.
- Get your ears examined by a hearing specialist. It may be possible your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing examination, so you know if you do have hearing loss.
- Wear high-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of background noises so that you hear what’s relevant.
Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t permit hearing loss rob you of that.