Have you ever awoke after a night’s sleep and heard birds singing a beautiful song through your open window? Most individuals probably don’t even know that those bird songs are called the “dawn chorus”. For whatever reason, birds see the sun coming up and decide to start singing their favorite songs. The songs of these birds, when they’re all singing together, are a lovely symphony.
Of course, if you have untreated hearing loss, you might not notice the dawn chorus at all. Which is a pity.
That’s especially true because it’s not just birdsong you may be missing out on. Summer is full of amazing sounds. And you may be missing those summer sounds because you have hearing loss that’s gone undiagnosed or simply dismissed. But you can start to enjoy all of those wonderful summer sounds again with the help of a device like a hearing aid.
You most likely think of a really hot sun in a clear blue sky when you think of summer. But if you stay in your imagination a little longer, you’ll begin incorporating highlights that make this blue sky seem more like summer, the sounds that fill out the day. Some sounds you might think about:
- The sound of birds performing mating songs. (Love songs aren’t just enjoyed by humans.)
- Peepers and crickets chirping a symphony as the sun sets.
- The babbling of a stream or the crashing of waves.
- Something as basic as your grandchildren laughing, possibly as they run around the yard or as you watch a baseball game with each other.
- The buzzing of bees as they fly around pollinating flowers and helping nature bloom.
You get the idea. There are a bunch of sounds going on. The feeling and vibe of summer are considerably enhanced by these sounds. And these sounds by themselves bring great joy.
It’s feasible that hearing loss might have crept up on you, especially if these or any other summer sounds sound to be different to you these days. Once you’ve detected that issue, the next step is to take action.
Your summer can be more enjoyable with hearing aids
Building connections is what hearing aids are really about for most. They’re about communication. They make it easier to converse with others, to hear what’s happening around you, and to enjoy the sounds that you hear. And that’s especially significant at those summer barbecues, for instance.
Modern hearing aids have some amazing technology that will help you savor those summer sounds. Here are some illustrations of some of that powerful technology:
- Smartphone compatibility: You can begin to appreciate all kinds of features by syncing your hearing aid to your cellphone. Depending on the particular hearing situation, you will be able to control the settings on your hearing aids using an app you can download on most smartphones.
- Bluetooth Connectivity: Perhaps you want some tunes while you’re out boating. Just connect the boat’s radio to your hearing aids via Bluetooth.
- Automatic programming: Contemporary hearing aids can automatically adapt to new surroundings or times of day, depending on how you program them. This makes them simpler to use and more effective.
- Machine learning: Your hearing aid can utilize “machine learning”, which are sophisticated intelligent algorithms, to adapt to your audio landscape before you even recognized it needed to. This is particularly handy when filtering sounds or in a loud setting.
- Noise reduction: If you want to hear the crashing of the waves, but not the thunder of traffic behind you, you’ll want hearing aids that can help you sort out these sounds (just like your ears once did). Modern hearing aids have substantial noise reduction features, so you can hear what you actually want to hear.
- Rechargeability: Your battery will stay charged all day after charging when you are sleeping at night. Basically, you can charge your hearing aids the same way you charge your cellphone. And when you vacation with your hearing aids, it becomes especially hassle free.
You can ask us about how your set of hearing aids are suited to your favorite adventures (for example, you can ask whether you can wear them while you’re swimming or hiking in the country, that sort of thing). Hearing aids usually don’t play well with water. But you will have a deeper overall summer experience with your hearing aids.
Also, asking us basic questions about your hearing aid model will be a good plan. Will your hearing aids have a problem with hot weather, for example? Also, does humidity have any impact on my hearing aid and how can I protect it? Depending on the model of hearing aid, the answer to these questions will differ.
Perhaps stay away from these sounds
Some summer sounds, unlike the dawn chorus, will be harmful to your hearing and you should make sure to avoid them. These are sounds that are, well, loud! And everyone’s ears are vulnerable even if they don’t have pre-existing hearing loss. Here are a few of those sounds:
- Fireworks: Dogs have the right idea. Your hearing can most certainly be damaged by fireworks. Similarly, being near home-launched fireworks can also be damaging to your hearing (and limbs). It’s best for your hearing to keep away from fireworks completely.
- Live music: Outdoor concerts are a big part of summer, but they can be harmful to your ears. So you may want to use some caution and be picky about which shows you attend and wear earplugs.
- Boat engines: Be cautious of how close you get and how long you spend around these engines because they’re very loud. When you’re fishing, turn the engine off. Or, an even better idea would be to use some earplugs.
This is only a partial list. Summer fun for individuals who have hearing loss may not include quite as many of those fireworks and loud noise situations.
But even with hearing loss you most likely won’t want to stay away from every loud summer activity. So what can you do? Well, you can use ear protection. Putting in a set of earplugs before you go to any live music show can minimize much of the damage, for instance. But it’s essential that the hearing protection you chooses is effective.
Enjoy the sounds of summer
As the heat of summer gets more oppressive, if you have hearing loss, the summer sounds may seem like they’re getting further away. Which means, much of the joy of the season could pass you by.
So you might need to pay us a visit if you want to make sure you get the most from your summer. We can help figure out the state of your hearing and, if necessary, help decide what type of hearing aid will be the best choice for you.
So start here if you’re ready to appreciate the dawn chorus. And you’ll also be able to enjoy all of the other wonderful summer sounds.
Get a hearing tune-up this summer. Call us for a hearing assessment and discover if hearing aids are the right option for you.