Halloween is less than two weeks away. If you’re a parent or grandparent who plans on taking children trick-or-treating this year, you’re probably already busy shopping at Gene’s Costumes and planning your route for Halloween night.
If you or one of the kiddos you’re taking trick-or-treating wears hearing aids, there are a few additional tips you should keep in mind before you head out to ensure your device stays safe and works well.
Make Sure Hearing Aids Are Charged Before Leaving the House
The last thing you want is for your hearing aids to stop working while you’re in the middle of Halloween festivities. Make sure your device is fully charged if you use rechargeable hearing aids. If you or your child has a hearing aid that uses disposable batteries, consider bringing a few extra with you just in case.
Protect Your Device From Wet Weather
If the weather forecast shows a rainy Halloween, you may need to take additional steps to protect your hearing aids from damaging moisture. Consider using a hearing aid sleeve or bringing an umbrella to keep your device safe.
Consider How Costumes Might Affect Your Hearing Aids
Finding a fun costume is exciting for kids and adults alike. When considering what to choose either for yourself or your child, think about how it might interfere with hearing aids. Avoid any masks or hats that block the ears and may make it difficult to hear and be careful not to get face paint on the device.
If it’s cold out and you or your child need a hat or earmuffs to stay warm, make sure they aren’t so tight that they put pressure on the hearing aids.
Use Hearing Protection During Loud Events
Regardless of if or your child has hearing loss, take steps to protect your hearing when out this Halloween season. 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.
If you’re going to a Halloween festival or event with live music, consider bringing earplugs or earmuffs for the whole family so that you can protect your hearing while still getting to participate in all the seasonal fun.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Hearing Center Silver Spring today.