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Why let your summer be spoiled by damaged hearing? In the worse case you’re not even aware you have loss of hearing. Some ear conditions and aging carry a prolonged decline of hearing that you may not even notice. You may also hold back on doing fun summertime activities that you love because you can’t hear as well. Look for solutions to the difficulties which come with hearing loss, so you can get out there and enjoy the fun with all your friends.

Summer Barbecues

Summer cookouts do get a little challenging when a person has hearing loss. For starters, there is a large amount of background noise. Everywhere around you, people are talking. Kids might be having fun in the yard or swimming pool. You have the sounds of nature including singing birds, barking dogs, and the crackling sound of cooking on the grill.

If you do have some measure of loss of hearing, all of these noises and sounds will be very frustrating. Background noises will overtake someone who has hearing decline.

Try to do these things to compensate:

Look for a relaxing place 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.

  • Turn off any background music or turn it down, at least. Deciding not to have music is an option if you’re the host. Let the host know about your issue if you are attending someone else’s cookout.
  • Now and then just walk away. Working to hear takes a lot of energy. Every hour or so go indoors or a little ways away from all the noise.
  • Inform others that you can’t hear. Don’t attempt to fake it because that can irritate others. If you don’t hear what someone said, tell them. Visual clues such as cupping your ears will let people know you’re having difficulty hearing. They will quickly get closer or speak up to help out.

Don’t attempt to hear everything. Participating in every discussion is not a possibility. As an alternative, attempt to participate in small groups of people and set sensible limits for yourself.

Go Outdoors

Do you really understand what you are missing outside? Don’t be frightened to step outside and concentrate on the sounds of the natural world. You won’t be able to hear everything, but with a little focus, you may be amazed by the things you can hear.

Make a game out of it and listen for:

  • Chirping birds
  • Buzzing insects
  • Crickets in the evening
  • The leaves blowing
  • Rain on your roof
  • Kids running around and playing
  • Barking dogs
  • Waves splashing

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

Enjoy a Vacation or Maybe Just a Day Trip

That’s really what summer is all about, isn’t it? Decide what type of vacation you might like and if there are constraints that come along with your hearing loss. Sailing or fishing would be ideal but an amusement park might be a little too much stimulation. Go 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. Alert the hotel, also, so they can offer you a room with accommodations for the hearing impaired including smoke alarms with flashing lights or shaking beds and TVs that have closed captioning.

Work on Yourself

Learn how to paint or take an exercise class to improve yourself this summer. If you would like to find a place up front, be sure to get there early. If you miss anything, it would be prudent to have a friend or two with you to let you know what you might have missed.

Take Safety Precautions This Summer

There are a number of summertime activities which require you to take safeguards 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. Make sure to take care of your hearing aids from water damage and wear some earplugs when you go swimming to prevent ear infections.
  • Remember not to go on evening walks by yourself. Loss of hearing means you don’t always perceive things including automobiles coming towards you or maybe even a stranger lurking behind you.
  • If you are going to fireworks or maybe a live show, use ear protection.

Making The Most of It This Summer

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

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

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

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.