Most of us love Halloween, and why not? We can dress up, go to Halloween parties, trick or treat, and enjoy scary movies. But if you have a hearing loss, Halloween can be a difficult day of the year. With the dark making tripping a greater hazard, and the colder nights bringing higher likelihood of cold or flu, it’s unsurprising. Fear not though! We’ve compiled a list of tips for a safe Halloween with hearing loss.
General Safety Tips
- When out and about, stay within a group and in well lit areas.
- Agree upon a meeting spot, in case anybody gets separated from your group.
- Carry a flashlight. Not only will this help to illuminate your way, it can help with signing and lip reading. Just don’t forget to check it’s working before leaving your house!
- Consider wearing high viz or reflective tape. You may even want to consider a neon badge that informs others that you’re deaf/hard of hearing.
- If you’re planning on dressing up, choose a costume that won’t restrict your vision or hearing. Avoid costumes that may cause you to trip. If you are going to be wearing a mask, opt for one that is removable, making it easier to both 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
So we’ve covered the general safety tips, but what about specific hearing loss safety tips? Here are our top 5:
- Low temperatures can cause hearing aid batteries to drain faster. Bringing a spare pair will ensure you don’t have to worry about this.
- Keep your ears warm and dry. This will help to reduce your risk of an ear infection by ensuring adequate blood circulation to your ears.
- If you’re planning on throwing or attending a party that will have loud music or fireworks, bring ear protection. 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, call us on (507) 208-7002, or click here to request an appointment today.
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