The evenings are drawing in. The nights are getting darker and the days are getting colder. We’re just a few days away from Halloween, when all the ghouls and gremlins come out to play.
For many of us, Halloween means scary movies, costume parties, and trick or treating. Combine this with all the coughs and colds that crop up at this time of the year, and it can be a truly frightening time of year for your ears.
We want you to be able to trick-or-treat yourself to a good night out, whether or not you have a hearing loss this Halloween. To help, we’re giving you pumpkin to talk about with these Halloween hearing tips.
General Safety Tips
- Don’t get caught without a light. A flashlight that is! It can help you with lip reading, watching where you are going, and signing when necessary. Take an extra set of batteries with you, just in case.
- Try to stay within well lit areas. This helps reduce the risks of falling into unforeseen crevices. It’s also advisable to stay in a group.
- If you’re with a group, agree upon a central meeting spot. This will help should anyone end up lost.
- If you’re going to be wearing a costume, avoid one that will restrict your vision or your hearing (such as a full head mask). Removable face masks are the best choice, as these are also easy to take off when speaking or listening to someone.
- Plan your route ahead. Approach well lit homes only. Watch out for hazards on your way through yards.
Hearing Safety Tips
Alongside general safety tips, these hearing safety tips can help keep your ears fa-boo-lous.
- Hearing aid batteries can be drained by the cold weather. Bring along a spare set just in case.
- Keep your ears warm. In the cold weather, when we’re outside our ears get less blood flow. This can increase your risks of an ear infection. Keep your ears warm and toasty with ear muffs or ear warmers.
- In line with that, keep your whole body warm! A cold can cause temporary hearing loss.
- Parties can get loud! While it’s a great time to get dancing, it’s less ideal for your ears. Keep the music down, not only does this have the benefit of not risking your ears, it makes conversation much easier too!
- If you are going to be in a loud environment, plan ahead and bring hearing protection.
- Smoke can irritate your ears and make tinnitus worse. If you’re planning on checking out a bonfire, stay back to avoid the smoke.
These Halloween hearing tips should help to lift your spirit. If you’re still scared that your hearing may have changed, please don’t delay booking in a hearing assessment with the hearing specialists at Come Hear Greenville. Call us on (864) 546-5708 today and arrange your next appointment.
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