Summer Hearing Loss Tips

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: How to Make the Most of the Summer with Hearing Loss

During the summer the options are endless for outdoor entertainment, there’s swimming, hiking, boating, biking, and of course many get-togethers with family and friends. With all the summertime fun, it’s easy to make unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. Having a party during the summer is a blast, as it’s filled with beautiful weather, great people, and delicious food. However, the best part is these summer get-together’s don’t have to take place indoors if there’s no bad weather in sight because it can be hosted outside. There’s nothing better than enjoying a summer party with friends and family in the great outdoors.

Unfortunately, for individuals with hearing loss social gatherings of any kind can be challenging to navigate. However, outdoor locations are a bit easier to handle than most indoor gatherings, but without the proper foresight and preparation, it can still become overwhelming. Make the most of sunny, summertime outdoor gatherings with these helpful summer hearing loss tips.

Have Hearing Aids? Wear Them!

If you should be wearing hearing aids, and you own a pair, there is no reason why you should be leaving the house without them. Nowadays, there is no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed about your hearing loss or that you need to wear a hearing aid. Many of today’s hearing aid devices are small, making it difficult for others to see. Plus, if it helps you hear the world around you, wear them! Remember, hearing loss is not exclusive to the aging population, so know that you are not alone.

Bring Ear Protection

Outdoor parties can quickly become loud, especially if your host likes to “bump” the music. Other than that, fireworks are also a strong likelihood during the summer, especially around the Fourth of July and Labor Day. While firework shows are a beautiful sight to behold, they are loud so make sure you bring ear protection to the party, even if you wear hearing aids. Also, make sure you bring extra pairs so you can share it with your friends and family!

Find a Good Spot to Mingle

Luckily at outdoor gatherings seating arrangements can be a bit more fluid than indoor parties, so take advantage of the casual atmosphere. When looking for a place to sit, aim to stay away from noisemakers such as speakers and look for areas that are quiet. Also, if you need to read lips, aim for spots that are well lit and try to sit with your back to the sun to reduce sun glare. Luckily, if and when the conditions change, you can always move!

Give Yourself a Break

It can take a lot of brain power to concentrate on conversations, people’s faces and trying to listen to everything that’s going on around you. Let’s face it, trying to socialize and mingle can be exhausting for anyone, and it goes double for those with a hearing impairment. So if you feel yourself getting overstimulated, take a break. Better yet, be proactive and take breaks throughout the party to give your ears and brain a much-needed rest. Doing so will help keep you energized and engaged throughout the party.
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