Is the loss of hearing interfering with your summer fun? If you’re not aware of your hearing loss, it’s probably even worse. The prolonged decrease of hearing that goes along with aging and some ear diseases can mean that you don’t always recognize that there are things you don’t hear anymore. You might also stay away from doing fun summertime events you love just because you don’t hear as well. There are various solutions to your loss of hearing that will get you right back out there having summertime fun.
Barbecuing during the summertime will be tricky when you have hearing loss. Background noise is one big difficulty you will have. People are conversing all around you. On the lawn and in the swimming pool kids are shouting and playing. You get the sounds of nature like singing birds, barking dogs, and the crackling sound of cooking on the grill.
If you do have some degree of loss of hearing, all of these various noises and sounds can be extremely challenging. Background noises will overwhelm someone with hearing loss.
Here are some ideas to help you compensate:
Sitting in a quiet spot for short periods of time will help get rid of some of that overwhelming background noise. Facing away from the sun will allow you to look at people when they are talking and use their lips to figure out words you miss.
- Shut off any background music or turn it down, at least. You could decide not to have music if you are the host of the barbecue. When you are at other peoples cookouts make sure you tell the host about your hearing difficulties.
- Walk away from time to time. It takes a lot of energy struggling to hear. Every hour or so go inside or a little ways away from all the noise.
- Let others know if you can’t hear. People will get annoyed when you attempt to fake it. Tell people when you can’t hear them. Cupping your ear and other visual hints can indicate that you can’t hear to others. They will automatically move closer or speak up to help out.
Don’t attempt to hear everything. The fact that you can’t take part in every discussion is something you need to understand. As an alternative, try to participate in small groups and set reasonable limits for yourself.
What might you be missing out on by remaining inside the house? Don’t be afraid to go outside the house and focus on the sounds of nature. You won’t be able to hear everything, but with a small amount of focus, you might be surprised by the things you can hear.
Make a game out of it and listen for:
- Chirping birds
- Insects buzzing
- Evening crickets
- Rustling leaves
- Falling rain
- People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
- Dogs barking
- Splashing waves
Temper expectations when going outside, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by trying to listen to one thing at a time.
Enjoy Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation
That’s truly what summertime is all about, isn’t it? Decide what type of vacation you would like and if there are constraints that come with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be ideal but a theme park might be a bit too much. Going out into nature would also work. Walk on the boardwalk by the beach or go to a museum.
Don’t let your loss of hearing rob you of your opportunity to travel this summer. If you’re going to fly, notify the airline that you have hearing loss when you book your ticket. Alert the hotel, too, so they can give you a room with accommodations for the hearing impaired including smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs that have closed captioning.
Work on Yourself
Look for ways to improve yourself this summer such as taking an exercise class or learning how to paint. If you would like to find a spot in the front, be sure to get there early. Take a couple of friends with you and have 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 traditions that require you to take safeguards to protect yourself, your ears, and any costly hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:
- Taking care when by the pool or beach. Make sure to protect your hearing aids from water damage and use some earplugs when you go swimming to avoid ear infections.
- If you choose to walk after dark to appreciate the cool night air, bring someone with you. You may miss the warning sounds from potential hazards like oncoming traffic or maybe even a threatening stranger coming up behind you.
- Use ear protection at fireworks and at concerts.
Try to Make The Most of it This Summer
Most of these summertime difficulties become less significant if you do three easy things.
- Have your ears examined by a hearing specialist. It may be possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
- Get a professional hearing examination, to determine if you do actually have hearing loss.
- Wear high-quality hearing aids. They can filter out background noises so you hear what is relevant.
Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t allow hearing loss rob you of that.