Darkness can make communication challenging. Take a flashlight with you, not only to see where you’re going, but it can also be useful to shine on someone’s hands while they are signing or to hold under the speaker’s lips so you can lipread.
If you are trying to lip-read someone who is wearing a mask is a bit difficult! If you’re likely to have conversations with a friend wearing a mask, ask them to wear a removable mask – or better yet, use face paint instead – as it makes it easier for deaf people to be able to communicate.
What better way to raise awareness than to dress up as a famous person who is deaf? It makes a great conversation starter. Some examples are football player Derrick Coleman, model Nyle DiMarco, or Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown.
Read more: This Halloween, Don’t Scare Them; Enlighten Them!
This will help other trick-or-treaters or householders to understand if you are struggling to hear.
There’s nothing worse than your hearing aid batteries dying or Roger Pen being low on charge while out enjoying your Halloween. Check everything works before you go out. That way you can avoid to either having to go back home to fix things or trying to communicate in the dark with no technologies at all! And don’t forget to take spare batteries with you, just in case.
On top of that, have fun!
For more ideas on how to to celebrate Halloween with hearing loss, or decorate your hearing aids to fit with your Halloween costume, check out Phonak’s Pinterest page.