Halloween can be a lot of fun. It’s a time when you can dress up, have a Halloween party, or go trick or treating. However, if you have a hearing loss, it can be a challenging day of the year, particularly in the dark. But everyone deserves to have a spooktacular night, so we’ve compiled a list of tips so you can have an amazing Halloween!
General Safety Tips
- Stay in groups and in well lit areas.
- Designate a central meeting place, in case anyone gets separated from the group.
- To help with signing, lip reading and lighting your way, be sure to carry a flashlight and spare batteries. Don’t forget to turn it on and check it’s working just before you leave.
- Consider wearing high viz or reflective tape, or even a neon badge that informs others that you’re deaf/hard of hearing.
- If joining in with fancy dress, choose a costume that won’t restrict your vision or hearing. Check that it doesn’t trail or billow as you walk. Also choose a removable mask which will make it easier to speak and hear.
- Plan your route in advance, only approach homes that are well lit and be vigilant for hazards on your way through yards.
Hearing Loss Safety Tips
Outside of general safety, there are additional things that you can do to have a fun yet safe Halloween with hearing loss:
- Low temperatures can drain hearing aid batteries. For extra peace of mind, bring along a spare set.
- Reduce your risk of an ear infection by keeping your ears warm and dry. This ensures adequate blood circulation to your ears. Less blood circulation, combined with an increased chance of trapped moisture, can result in an ear infection. If left untreated, an ear infection may cause a temporary hearing loss.
- If you’re going to a party that may have loud music or fireworks, take ear protectors. Noise from either could easily exceed safe levels and potentially damage your hearing.
- Smoke can irritate your ears and make tinnitus worse. If you’re planning on checking out a bonfire, stay back to avoid the smoke.
- Take regular breaks from loud environments. Concentrating on conversations can be more overwhelming than you realize. Not to mention, the environment is likely to be louder than you’re aware of. Allow your ears regular hearing detox breaks throughout the night.
Halloween should be fun for everyone involved, and we want you to have a safe and enjoyable night. But if you’re concerned that you may have put your hearing health at risk, why not schedule an appointment with one of our experienced hearing care professionals? Contact us today.
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