Exploring Water Activities for Individuals with Hearing Loss

Water activities provide a refreshing and exciting way to beat the summer heat. However, engaging in water-based activities may seem daunting to those with hearing loss. 

But don’t worry. With a little planning and some accommodations, water activities can be just as enjoyable for people with hearing loss.

Exploring Water Activities for Individuals with Hearing Loss

Let’s review water activities that people with hearing loss can participate in and with a few suggestions can enjoy fully.

Swimming and Water Aerobics

In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Terence Parkin, a deaf swimmer, won silver in the 200-meter breaststroke. Whether you are an Olympic athlete or an average individual, swimming is one of the best overall exercises you can do.

One study suggests that hearing loss may be a factor associated with decreased physical activity in older adults. For this group of people, swimming is easy on the joints and a great activity for improving your fitness. Swimming can also be very enjoyable for the hearing impaired because it allows you to move freely without the need for specific communication. However, before jumping in the pool, inform the lifeguards or instructors about your hearing loss. 

Additionally, water aerobics classes can provide a social and invigorating workout for those with hearing loss. By participating in organized classes, individuals can follow visual cues from instructors and engage in exercises designed to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. 

Kayaking, Canoeing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Exploring serene waterways in a kayak, SUP or canoe is an excellent activity for individuals with hearing loss. These activities allow for a peaceful connection with nature, offering opportunities to observe wildlife and take in beautiful scenery. It’s important to communicate your hearing loss to any fellow companions.

According to Karen Putz, a barefoot water skier with hearing loss, gestures help when communicating with people on the water. Creating some common gestures to use on the water is helpful for everyone because when you are paddling you may not be within hearing range of one another anyway.  

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Exploring the vibrant underwater world is an awe-inspiring experience that individuals with hearing loss can also enjoy. Snorkeling provides a relatively simple way to observe marine life, while diving allows for a more immersive experience. Before embarking on these activities, inform your instructors about your hearing loss and discuss signals and hand gestures to use, so you can communicate underwater. 

Water activities provide many opportunities for individuals with hearing loss to connect with nature, stay active and have fun. By informing instructors, guides and fellow participants about your hearing loss, you can ensure that accommodations are in place for a fun and safe experience. 

Need Help? Contact Us Today!

If you have a question on your hearing, come in and meet the team at Anderson Audiology. Call us today on 702-997-2964. Alternatively, click here to request an appointment online.

Speak with a Specialist

Ready to start your journey to better hearing? Let our hearing care professionals find the right solution for you.

Schedule an Appointment

© 2024 Anderson Audiology. All right reserved. | Privacy Policy

The purpose of this hearing assessment and/or demonstration is for hearing wellness to determine if the client(s) may benefit from using hearing aids. Products demonstrated may differ from products sold. Test conclusion may not be a medical diagnosis. The use of any hearing aid may not fully restore normal hearing and does not prevent future hearing loss. Testing is to evaluate your hearing wellness, which may include selling and fitting hearing aids. Hearing instruments may not meet the needs of all hearing-impaired individuals. One offer per customer. Insurance benefit, including Managed Care or federal reimbursements, cannot be combined with any of our promotional offers, coupons or discounts. Other terms may apply. See office for details.

Safety today and every day after – We are open

As a company focused on care, our Anderson Audiology team is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our customers and staff. Together with our communities, we pledge to do everything we can to ensure you have a safe visit as we honor our mission to help people hear better.