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Don’t Lose Out on Summer Fun Just Because You Can’t Hear Very Well

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

Should you just remain inside and lose out on summer fun just because you can’t hear well? Chances are it’s much worse if you’re not aware of it. A few ear diseases and aging carry a slow loss of hearing which you might not even notice. When you don’t hear as well it’s likely that you won’t even enjoy many fun summertime activities. You will still be capable of getting out and having a blast if you look for certain solutions to your hearing loss obstacles.

Summertime Cookouts

Barbecuing during the summer might get tricky if you have loss of hearing. One of the hardest issues is background noise. There are so many conversations happening all around you. Kids could be playing in the yard or yelling in the swimming pool. There is the sound of the stuff cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of nature.

Whatever hearing you may have left can’t compete with all that diverse noise. When someone has hearing loss, background sounds have a tendency to take over.

Try to do these things to compensate:

Look for a peaceful spot to sit to eliminate some of that overpowering background noise. You may need to look at peoples lips so put your back to the sun.

  • You can reduce the volume of background music. You could choose 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.
  • Get away from time to time. It can be tiring when you are struggling to hear. Every hour or so try to go indoors or away from all the noise.
  • Inform others that you can’t hear. People will get frustrated when you attempt to fake it. If you can’t hear what someone said, let them know. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will let people know that you’re having difficulty hearing. They will quickly get closer or speak up to help out.

Don’t try to hear everything. Actively taking part in every discussion is not an option. Instead, try to engage in smaller groups and set realistic limits for yourself.

Head Outdoors

If you just remain indoors you don’t recognize what you’re missing. Don’t be afraid to walk outside the house and concentrate on the sounds of the natural world. No, you won’t be able to hear everything but with a little focus, you may 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
  • Rain on your roof
  • Kids running around and playing
  • Dogs barking
  • Waves splashing

Manage expectations when going outdoors, to the beach, or for a walk in the park by trying to hear one thing at a time.

Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip

Isn’t that what summer is all about? What sort of vacation do you enjoy? What limitations come with your hearing loss that will affect it? For instance, an amusement park might be a little too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work nicely. Spend the day at a nature preserve or perhaps go to the zoo. Take a walk on the boardwalk near the beach or head to a museum.

Don’t let your hearing loss take away your chance to travel this summer. Tell the airline about your condition when you get your ticket if you are flying. Alert the hotel, as well, so they can offer you a room with accommodations for the hearing impaired like 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 an exercise class or learning how to paint. If you want to find a spot up front, be sure to get there early. Take a friend or two with you and let them fill you in on what you are missing during the session.

Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer

There are a number of summer activities which require you to take safety measures to protect yourself, your ears, and any expensive hearing assistance devices you own. Play it safe by:

  • When you are enjoying the pool or beach, make sure you play it safe. Don’t let your hearing aids get wet and wear earplugs when you go in the water.
  • Take a friend with you on those nice evening walks. You may miss the warning sounds from potential dangers such as oncoming vehicles or maybe even a frightening stranger coming up from behind you.
  • Protect what hearing you may have 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

Three simple things will help you eliminate most of these things.

  • Have your ears checked by a hearing care 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 background noises so that you 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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