Halloween is around the bend, and you know that that means-tricks, treats costumes, and lots of fun. There’s nothing better than dressing up as your favorite superhero or character and going door to door to collect candy when you are a child. While this holiday can make any parent a bit uneasy, for parents of children with hearing loss, Halloween can be a scary time. While Halloween parties and events can be monitored and controlled, trick or treating can raise a number of concerns for children with hearing loss. Luckily there are ways for your child with hearing loss to successfully get through the holiday, without cutting into any of the fun.
While every child loves Halloween and everything it has to offer, extra consideration needs to be given to children with hearing loss. In order to help ensure the safety of hard of hearing children, check out these helpful Halloween hearing loss safety tips.
• Does your child wear hearing aids? If so, make sure you check your child’s hearing aid to ensure that it is working correctly prior to trick or treating. Also, make sure you bring along extra batteries, just in case. Nothing is worse than having a hearing aid cut out prematurely because it’s low on juice.
• Do a trial run beforehand to ensure that the costume fits and that it doesn’t interfere with the child’s hearing aid, or make it more difficult to hear and walk. Long dresses and large wigs are cumbersome to begin with, so you don’t want to make it harder for a child with impaired hearing.
• If you can, avoid using masks and use face paint instead. Some masks can make it difficult or impossible to hear and can interfere with a child’s hearing aid device. Plus, many masks make it hard to see, so you don’t want your child to have a hard time hearing and seeing.
• Even if your child is old enough, make sure they travel in a group on Halloween. If they aren’t old enough to go with friends, make sure you or someone else you trust are trailing close behind. If they are old enough to go out with their friends, make sure they are with a group of friends that you trust and who you know will cater to their needs.
• Ensure that your child can be seen (and see) by equipping them with a flashlight before they head out the door. Adding reflective tape to their clothing, or having them wear something that lights up also works. Luckily, there are many wearable light-up items such as glow stick bracelets and necklaces available for them to wear while they are out.