If You Don’t Hear Well You Can’t Have Very Much Fun This Summer

Man grilling unaware of his hearing loss and how getting a hearing aid could help him enjoy time with his family.

Why let your summer get wrecked by damaged hearing? If you’re not aware of your hearing loss, it’s even worse. A few ear conditions and aging carry a prolonged decline of hearing which you may not even detect. You might also hold back on engaging in summer events that you love just because you can’t hear as well. There are some solutions to your hearing loss that should get you back out there having summertime fun.

Summertime Cookouts

Summer cookouts do get a little challenging if a person has hearing loss. To begin with, there is a lot of background noise. Lots of people are talking all around you. In the yard and in the pool children are shouting and playing. You have the sounds of nature like singing birds, barking dogs, and the crackling sound of food cooking on the grill.

All that noise interferes with any remaining hearing you may have left. Background sounds will overwhelm someone with hearing loss.

There are some things you can do to compensate such as:

Sitting in a quiet spot for short periods of time will help eliminate some of that overpowering background noise. You may need to see peoples lips so put your back to the sun.

  • You can reduce the volume of background music. If it’s your barbecue, you can just decide not to play music. At other peoples cookouts make sure you tell the host about your hearing difficulties.
  • Now and then just walk away. It can be exhausting when you are struggling to hear. Every hour or so try to go indoors or away from all the noise.
  • Let others know when you can’t hear. It’s annoying for you and those near you if you try to fake it. Let people know when you can’t hear them. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will help others realize you’re having a problem hearing. They will quickly step closer or speak up to help out.

Don’t attempt to hear everything. Actively taking part in every conversation is not a possibility. Instead, attempt to take part in smaller groups and set realistic limits for yourself.

Go Outdoors

Do you really know what you might be missing outside? Don’t be afraid to step outside and concentrate on the sounds of nature. You won’t be able to hear everything, but with a little focus, you might be surprised by the sounds you can hear.

Make a game out of it and listen for:

  • Chirping birds
  • Buzzing insects
  • Evening crickets
  • The leaves blowing
  • Falling rain
  • People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
  • Barking dogs
  • Waves splashing

Manage expectations when going outdoors, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by attempting to listen to 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 sort of vacation do you enjoy? What limitations come with your hearing loss that will affect it? Sailing or fishing would be ideal but an amusement park could be a bit too much. Going out into nature would also work. Going to a museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk by the beach are great 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. Inform the hotel or resort, as well, 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.

Improve Yourself

Learn to paint or maybe take a fitness class to better yourself this summer. If you want to find a spot up front, be sure to get there early. If you miss anything, it would be smart to bring a couple of friends with you to fill in the blanks.

This Summer You Should Take Safety Precautions

There are a couple of summertime activities that require you to take safety measures to protect yourself, your ears, and any costly hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:

  • Taking care while at the pool or beach. Keep your hearing aids dry and wear earplugs when you go in the water.
  • Take someone with you when you go on those enjoyable evening walks. You may not hear the warning sounds from potential threats such as oncoming traffic or maybe even a frightening stranger coming up from behind you.
  • If you are going to fireworks or maybe a live performance, wear ear protection.

Making The Most of it This Summer

Three easy things will help you avoid most of these things.

  • Have your ears checked by a hearing care specialist. It is possible that your hearing loss is treatable.
  • Get a professional hearing examination, to determine if you do actually have hearing loss.
  • Wear good-quality hearing aids. They will get rid of any background noises so you will hear what’s relevant.

Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t allow hearing loss take it away from you.

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