Halloween can be scary for parents of children with hearing loss. However, it is important to let your kids participate in fun holiday events and parties when they want to. When your child with hearing loss wants to go trick or treating though, it raises a number of concerns. We have some halloween safety tips for children with hearing loss to help you get through the holiday with plenty of treats and fun in tow.
- Make sure to check their hearing aids before the festivities. If your child does wear hearing aids, make sure they are working before you head out for the Halloween fun. If you are going to be out for a long time or traveling for the holiday, make sure to take extra hearing aid batteries.
- Consider a costume without a mask. A mask can muffle their hearing and it also can limit their range of sight. There are plenty of costumes available that don’t require a mask. Instead, find something with a hat or draw a face with makeup. If there is no way around a mask for their costume, then try to find just a frontal face mask, eye mask, or cut extra eye space and holes near their ears.
- Have them try on their costume ahead of time. Some costume materials might make a lot of noise and make it harder to hear when they are walking or moving. It’s better to find out ahead of time if their costume isn’t going to work rather than waiting until the last minute right before the Halloween party or trick or treating. Trying on their costume ahead of time also gives you the chance to make sure that it fits properly and isn’t going to impair them in any way or make them trip. Princess dress trains, big wings, or headpieces might make it harder for a child with hearing loss to navigate a busy party or through the neighborhood at night. If you have opted to do makeup instead of a mask, trying everything on ahead of time and doing a dry run with the makeup will let not only give you some practice, but will help you gauge how long it takes to do the makeup. This way, you won’t spend half of the party time doing makeup.
- Add reflective tape to their costume or clothing. There are many ways you can make sure that your child is seen at night while trick or treating. You can add reflective tape to their costume, or use glow stick necklaces and bracelets. There are many lighted wearable things available that you can choose from.
- Make sure they travel in a group. If your kids are old enough to trick or treat on their own, make sure they are with a group of friends you trust to take care of them and cater to their needs. If they aren’t old enough, then make sure you are trailing close behind them.
- Consider putting a name badge on them to let strangers know they are deaf or hard of hearing. This might be an area of concern depending on the age of your child, they may not want that label. However, for younger children, it can make their trick or treat experience better when others understand why they might have difficulties communicating.
- Give them a flashlight. Something as simple as a flashlight will help your little trick or treater see and be seen.
Consult with the Hearing Aid Counselors
If you have concerns about your child’s hearing and have an idea that they might be suffering from hearing loss, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations. At Hearing Aid Counselors & Audiology, we have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your family’s hearing and listening needs.