HEARING TIPS

If You Don’t Hear Well You Won’t Enjoy Summer

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

Is the loss of hearing interfering with your summer fun? If you don’t know about your hearing loss, it’s probably even worse. Certain ear diseases and aging bring a prolonged loss of hearing which you might not even recognize. If you enjoy summer fun, then why would you really want to lose out just because you don’t hear that well? Look for remedies to the difficulties which come along with the loss of hearing, so you can go out there and enjoy the fun with everyone else.

Summer Barbecues

Hearing loss can get challenging at summer barbecues. To begin with, there is a lot of background noise. All around you, people are talking. Kids might be having fun in the yard or swimming pool. There is the crackling sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of nature.

If you do have some amount of hearing loss, all of these noises and sounds will be extremely challenging. Background sounds will overwhelm someone who has hearing loss.

There are things you can do to compensate like:

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 look at peoples lips so turn your back to the sun.

  • You can reduce the volume of background music. Deciding not to have music is an option if you’re the host. If you are visiting somebody else’s barbecue, mention the issue to the host.
  • Walk away from time to time. Struggling to hear takes a lot of energy. Every hour or so go inside or a little ways away from all the noise.
  • Inform others that you can’t hear. Don’t try to fake it because that can irritate others. If you don’t hear what someone said, tell them. Cupping your ear and other visual hints can suggest that you can’t hear to others. Usually, people will come closer or speak louder to help you.

Don’t try to hear everything. Understand that you can’t participate in every discussion. Alternatively, try to participate in smaller groups and set reasonable limits for yourself.

Head Outdoors

What might you be missing by remaining inside? Don’t be scared to step outdoors and focus on the sounds of nature. No, you won’t be able to hear everything but with a little concentration, you may hear more than you think possible.

Make a game out of it and listen for:

  • Birds chirping
  • Buzzing insects
  • Crickets at night
  • Rustling leaves
  • Rain on your roof
  • People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
  • Dogs barking
  • Splashing waves

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? What sort of vacation do you enjoy? What limitations come with your hearing loss that will affect it? Sailing or fishing would be perfect but a theme park could be a little too much stimulation. Going out into nature should also work. Stroll on the boardwalk by the beach or go to a museum.

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. Inform the hotel, also, so they can get you a room that has accommodations for the hearing impaired such as smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs that have closed captioning.

Work on Yourself

Look for ways to better yourself this summer like going to a fitness class or learning how to paint. Show up early, so you can get a place up front. If you miss anything, it would be prudent to have a friend or two with you to fill in the blanks.

Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer

There are a number of summer traditions that require you to take precautions to protect yourself, your ears, and any costly hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:

  • Playing it safe while by the pool or swimming. Make sure you protect your hearing aids from water damage and wear some earplugs when you go into the water to avoid ear infections.
  • If you choose to take a walk in the evening to appreciate the night air, take someone with you. There are hazards such as a car or truck coming toward you or somebody lurking near you which you probably won’t hear.
  • Protect what hearing you do have left by using ear protection if you go to watch the fireworks for Independence Day or to an outdoor concert.

Making The Most of it This Summer

Many of these summertime difficulties become less substantial if you do three easy things.

  • Have your ears checked by a hearing specialist. It may be possible your hearing loss is treatable.
  • Get a professional hearing test, so you know if you do have hearing loss.
  • Get good-quality hearing aids. They can get rid of any background noises so that you will hear what’s important.

Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t permit hearing loss rob you of that.

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