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

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 stay indoors and lose out on summer fun because you don’t hear very well? Most likely it’s even worse if you’re not aware of it. Some ear conditions and getting older bring a prolonged loss of hearing which you may not even notice. When you don’t hear as well it’s very likely that you won’t even go to many awesome summer activities. There are a few solutions to your hearing loss that will get you back out there having summer fun.

Summer Barbecues

Cooking out during the summertime might be tricky when you have hearing loss. One of the most challenging things is background noise. There are a lot of conversations happening around you. In the yard and in the pool youngsters are shouting and having fun. There is the crackling sound of the food cooking on the grill and, of course, the wondrous sounds of nature.

Whatever hearing that may remain can’t contend with all that noise. This amount of background noise can easily overtake someone who has hearing decline.

Here are a few ideas to help you compensate:

Some of the overpowering background noise can be reduced by finding a peaceful place to sit for a while. You may need to look at peoples lips so turn your back to the sun.

  • You can turn down the volume of background music. Choosing not to have music is an option if you’re the host. At other peoples cookouts be sure to tell the host about your hearing difficulties.
  • Now and then simply walk away. Struggling to hear takes a lot of energy. Go inside and away from everyone for a short time every hour and sit someplace quiet to recharge.
  • Inform others that you can’t hear. It’s aggravating for you and those around you when you try to fake it. Tell people when you can’t hear them. You should also utilize visual clues that you are struggling such as cupping your ear. Usually, people will step closer to you or speak up to help you.

Don’t attempt to hear everything. The fact that you can’t engage in every discussion is something you need to acknowledge. Alternatively, try to engage in smaller groups and set reasonable limits for yourself.

Head Outdoors

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

Make a game out of it and listen for:

  • Chirping birds
  • Insects buzzing
  • Crickets at night
  • Rustling leaves
  • Rain on your roof
  • Kids running around and playing
  • Barking dogs
  • Splashing waves

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

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 constraints come along with your hearing loss that will affect it? For instance, an amusement park may be a little too much stimulation, but sailing or fishing work perfectly. Head to the zoo or maybe go to a nature preserve. A museum or taking a stroll on the boardwalk next to the beach are excellent 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. Inform the hotel, as well, so they can give you a room that has accommodations for the hearing impaired including smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs with closed captioning.

Improve Yourself

Learn how to paint or take an exercise class to improve yourself this summer. If you would like to find a spot in the front, be sure to get there early. If you miss anything, it would be smart to have a couple of friends with you to fill in the blanks.

Safety Precautions Should Be Taken This Summer

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

  • Playing it safe when by the pool or beach. Keep your hearing aids dry and use earplugs while swimming.
  • Remember not to go on evening walks alone. You may miss the warning sounds from potential dangers such as oncoming traffic or maybe even a threatening stranger walking up behind you.
  • If you are attending fireworks or maybe a live performance, use ear protection.

Making The Most of it This Summer

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

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

Having fun is what summer is all about. Don’t let hearing loss rob you of that.

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