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

Why permit your summer to be spoiled by bad hearing? If you don’t know about your hearing loss, it’s even worse. The slow decrease of your hearing that comes with getting older and some ear diseases will mean that you don’t always recognize that there are things you can’t hear anymore. You may also stay away from doing summer activities that you love just because you don’t hear as well. Look for solutions to the difficulties which come with the loss of hearing, so you can get out there and enjoy the fun with all your friends.

Summertime Cookouts

Summer barbecues do get a bit challenging when you have hearing loss. One of the most difficult things is background noise. Everywhere around you, people are chatting. In the yard and in the pool youngsters are shouting and having fun. You get the sounds of nature including singing birds, barking dogs, and the sound of cooking on the grill.

All that noise interferes with any residual hearing you have left. Background sounds will overwhelm someone who has hearing decline.

Try to do these things to compensate:

Find a relaxing spot to sit to get rid of 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. Deciding not to play music is an option if you’re the host. If you are visiting somebody else’s cookout, mention the issue to the host.
  • Walk away from time to time. It takes a lot of energy struggling to hear. Every hour or so try to go inside or away from all the noise.
  • Let people know when you can’t hear. People will get frustrated when you try to fake it. If you don’t hear what someone said, let them know. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will help others realize you’re having trouble hearing. They will automatically get closer or speak up to help out.

Don’t attempt to hear everything. Accept that you can’t get involved in every conversation. Set reasonable limits for yourself and try to participate in small groups instead.

Head Outdoors

What might you be missing out on by staying inside the house? Don’t be frightened to walk outside and focus on the sounds of the natural world. No, you won’t be capable of hearing everything but with a little focus, you may hear more than you might think.

Make a game out of it and listen for:

  • Singing birds
  • Buzzing insects
  • Crickets in the evening
  • Blowing leaves
  • Rain on your roof
  • People jumping in the pool or playing in the yard
  • Dogs barking
  • Waves splashing

If you only attempt to hear one thing at a time, you can manage your expectations every time you go outdoors, head to the beach or walk in the park.

Enjoy Day Trips or Even a Much Needed Vacation

Isn’t that what summer is all about? What sort of vacation would you enjoy? What restrictions come along with your hearing loss that will affect it? For instance, a theme park could be a little too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work nicely. Spend a day at a nature preserve or maybe go to the zoo. Stroll on the boardwalk by the beach or head to a museum.

You have an opportunity to travel this summer so don’t let your hearing loss take that away from you. If you are flying, tell the airline that you have hearing loss when you book the ticket. Inform the hotel, too, 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 with closed captioning.

Improve Yourself

Learn to paint or maybe take a fitness class to help better yourself this summer. If you would like to find a place in the front, be sure to get there early. Take a friend or two with you and have them fill you in on what you might miss during the session.

Take Safety Precautions This Summer

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

  • Playing it safe while by the pool or swimming. Keep your hearing aids dry and wear earplugs while swimming.
  • Take someone with you when you go on those enjoyable evening walks. Loss of hearing means that you won’t always hear sounds including vehicles driving towards you or maybe even a stranger coming up behind you.
  • If you are attending fireworks or maybe a concert, wear ear protection.

Making The Most of it This Summer

These summertime challenges can be largely averted by doing three simple things.

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

Summertime is all about having fun. Don’t let hearing loss take it away from you.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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