It’s hard to believe it, but Halloween is right around the corner. There are so many fun events to plan for, like The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival and, of course, taking the kids trick-or-treating.
Since October is also Audiology Awareness Month, we thought it would be a great time to discuss how you can make trick-or-treating and other Halloween events fun and safe if either you or your child uses hearing aids to treat hearing loss.
Keep Hearing Aids Safe From the Elements
As we move through the fall, we know that the weather in Illinois can start to get colder and rainier. Since moisture can damage hearing aids, it is important to take steps to protect your or your child’s device. Consider using a hearing aid sleeve and/or bringing an umbrella to help keep you dry. You can also bring a hearing aid case and a dry cloth in case you need to remove them or wipe them off while out.
Check Hearing Aid Batteries Before Leaving the House
It’s important for both you and your child to be able to hear your best when out on Halloween night. The last thing you would want is for any hearing aids in use to lose power in the middle of trick-or-treating. Check the battery life before heading out to make sure you have plenty of power, and consider bringing an extra battery or two with you just in case. If you use rechargeable hearing aids, charge them up before you leave the house.
Choose a Costume That’s Hearing Aid Friendly
Certain costume elements, like hats or masks, may get in the way of a hearing aid and mess with its effectiveness or cause unpleasant feedback by rubbing against it. Make sure whatever costume you or your child selects accommodates hearing aids, and also be mindful of not getting any face paint or other costume makeup on the device as well.
Protecting Your Child’s Hearing This Halloween Season
Even if your child doesn’t have hearing loss, it’s important to take steps to protect their hearing so that they don’t experience any damage.
If you are going to a Halloween event with loud music, fireworks or other loud noises, consider hearing protection for you and any children you take with you. Noise exposure is one of the leading causes of hearing loss in people of all ages, and research shows us that nearly 15% of children between the ages of 6-19 have some degree of hearing loss.
For more questions about using hearing aids or to schedule an appointment for you or your child, contact North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab today.