Safety Tips for Halloween with Hearing Loss

For many, Halloween means sweet treats, spooky costumes and clever tricks. For those with hearing loss, though, it can be challenging to handle all the loud noises that come with the fun.

Consider these 3 tips for enjoying your Halloween if you’re living with tinnitus or hearing impairments.

1. Turn down the volume.
Horror movies and Halloween parties can fill your home with scary splendor. Without proper volume control, they can also contribute to serious hearing issues.

Always leave the TV at a level where you can still talk over the audio. That way, you won’t expose yourself to dangerous decibel levels. The same rule goes for DJs or bands at Halloween parties. Be sure to give your ears a rest periodically by stepping outside or leaving the loudest room.

2. Wear your hearing aids.
It could actually be dangerous not to wear your hearing aids while trick-or-treating. Even if you’re just expecting visitors looking for candy, be sure your hearing aids are properly functioning so you don’t miss the doorbell.

Before getting into your costume, check your hearing devices. Ensure you have a working battery and that it’s functioning properly – consider bringing a spare with you to parties and while trick-or-treating. Adjust the volume before you leave the house.

3. Watch your stress level.
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can worsen when you’re under stress. Take some time out of the fall festivities to de-stress and regroup.

Meditate, practice yoga or simply call a friend to chat. When your brain releases serotonin, you’ll be happier, more relaxed and less likely to see a spike in your tinnitus symptoms. You can still celebrate Halloween by leaving a candy bucket on your porch for passing trick-or-treaters.

Visit Creekside Hearing Aid Service in Vacaville, CA to test your hearing before Halloween. Call (707) 999-2877 today to schedule your comprehensive hearing evaluation!