Halloween Hearing Safety Tips
Hearing News • October, 30 2018
“Check hearing aid batteries before leaving home to ensure they are working properly and adjust them so that they are at a volume that is comfortable for your child.”
Rory Thompson, Hearing Care Consultant
Halloween is a real fun time of the year. From trick or treating, to dressing up, to fireworks, to carving pumpkins, to bobbing apples; there sure is lots to do. It can however be a particularly challenging time for people with hearing loss, so here are just a few tips to ensure everyone has a wonderful, spooky, fun-filled Halloween.
Shine a light on darkness!
Most of the really fun activities for Halloween happen at night in darkness. This can be difficult for people with hearing loss especially if they are reliant on lip-reading or sign language. Out top tip is to bring a torch when going trick or treating. Make sure you communicate face to face and if there is not enough light, ensure there are mobile phones so you can communicate through text if all else fails! Keep an eye on the child with hearing loss at all times as in the excitement of the night, they may not hear traffic on the road. Ensure the group are wearing hi-vis jackets so they can be easily spotted!
Check Batteries on Hearing Aids!
Check hearing aid batteries before leaving home to ensure they are working properly and adjust them so that they are at a volume that is comfortable for your child. Always bring spares just in case!
Protect Hearing Aids from Moisture!
Remember to apply your child’s face paint, make up, hairspray, glitter, etc. before fitting your child’s hearing aid as any moisture can affect the functionality of the hearing aids. Ensuring they are kept dry and clean will also ensure your child can hear properly too!
Consider Face Paint instead of Mask!
Masks can often cover up hearing aids or even dislodge them completely. Face paint will ensure your child can still benefit from the use of their hearing aid. It can be difficult if not impossible for people who are deaf or have hearing loss to lip read when people have masks on. Why not opt for face paint or at least removable masks so everyone can be part of the fun!
Stay at a Distance from Fireworks!
Always stay a good distance away from fireworks! (At least 50ft away from them) This will help to prevent tinnitus and hearing loss from being exposed to loud noises!
All that remains to be said is have some fun this Halloween from all at Thompson Hearing Services!