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.

Are you going to remain indoors and lose out on summer fun just because you can’t hear very well? Most likely it’s much worse if you don’t know it. Some ear diseases and getting older carry a prolonged decline of hearing that you may not even recognize. You might also stay away from doing summer activities that you love just because you can’t hear as well. Look for solutions to the difficulties which come along with hearing loss, so you can go out there and enjoy the fun with all your friends.

Summer Barbecues

Hearing loss can get challenging at summer barbecues. One of the hardest things is background noise. There are so many conversations going on all around you. Kids could be having fun in the yard or swimming pool. There is the sound of the food cooking on the grill and, of course, the wonderful sounds of the natural world.

If you do have some degree of hearing loss, all of these various noises and sounds can be quite challenging. When someone has hearing loss, background sounds tend to take over.

Try these things to compensate:

Sitting in a quiet spot for short periods of time will 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.

  • Shut off any background music or turn it down, at least. If it’s your barbecue, you can simply decide not to have any music. If you are going to somebody else’s barbecue, describe the issue to the host.
  • Now and then just walk away. It takes a lot of energy struggling to hear. Every hour or so go inside or away from all the noise.
  • Inform others that you can’t hear. Don’t attempt to fake it because that can frustrate others. Let people know when you can’t hear them. Cupping your ear and other visual hints can indicate that you can’t hear to others. Normally, people will step closer to you or speak up to help.

Don’t attempt to hear everything. Accept that you can’t participate in every conversation. Set sensible limits for yourself and try to take part in smaller groups instead.

Head Outdoors

What might you be missing by remaining inside? Don’t be scared to walk outside and focus on the sounds of nature. You won’t hear everything, but with a little focus, you may be amazed by the sounds you can hear.

Make a game out of it and listen for:

  • Singing birds
  • Insects buzzing
  • Crickets at night
  • Rustling leaves
  • Falling rain
  • Kids running around and playing
  • Barking dogs
  • Waves splashing

If you only try 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 summertime is meant for? What kind of vacation do you enjoy? What restrictions come with your hearing loss that will affect it? For example, a theme park may be a bit too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work perfectly. Going out into nature should also work. Going to a museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk next to the beach are great choices.

You have an opportunity 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. Alert the hotel, as well, so they can offer you a room with accommodations for the hearing impaired including smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs with closed captioning.

Work on Yourself

Look for methods to better yourself this summer such as going to an exercise class or learning to paint. If you would like to find a place up front, be sure to get there early. Take a couple of friends with you and have them fill you in on what you are missing during the session.

This Summer You Should Take Safety Measures

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

  • Taking care while by the pool or swimming. Don’t let your hearing aids get wet and use earplugs while swimming.
  • Take a friend with you when you go on those pleasant evening walks. Loss of hearing means that you won’t always hear things including cars coming towards you or maybe even someone coming up behind you.
  • Use ear protection at fireworks and at live shows.

Making The Most of it This Summer

These summer obstacles can be mostly avoided by doing three simple things.

  • Get your ears examined by a hearing care specialist. It may be possible your hearing loss is treatable.
  • Get a professional hearing examination, so you know if you do actually have hearing loss.
  • Wear good-quality hearing aids. They will filter out background noises so that you hear what is important.

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

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