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5 Tips to Enjoy Halloween with Hearing Loss

Halloween with Hearing Loss tips

Halloween is a fun time, where you can dress up, go trick or treating or have a little Halloween party, but with a hearing loss Halloween can be quite challenging, particularly in the dark.
Here are 5 Tips to have an amazing Halloween with hearing loss!

1. Take a flashlight

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.

2. Wear removable masks!

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.

3. Dress up as a famous deaf person

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!

4. Wear a glow-in-the-dark badge to say you’re deaf/hard of hearing

This will help other trick-or-treaters or householders to understand if you are struggling to hear.

5. Make sure everything works before going out

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.

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Ellie was born profoundly deaf, uses verbal communication, lipreads and wears Phonak Sky Q hearing aids. She is currently learning British Sign Language. Ellie hasn’t let her disability stand in the way and embraces every new challenge. Her deafness didn’t prevent her from achieving major accomplishments in her life, such as excelling in her education, previously working as a Marketing Executive and now as an Events Coordinator for a deaf organization, as well as blogging for Hearing Like Me. She is passionate about deaf awareness, campaigning for equality and helping others through her personal blog as Deafie Blogger.
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Ellie was born profoundly deaf, uses verbal communication, lipreads and wears Phonak Sky Q hearing aids. She is currently learning British Sign Language. Ellie hasn’t let her disability stand in the way and embraces every new challenge. Her deafness didn’t prevent her from achieving major accomplishments in her life, such as excelling in her education, previously working as a Marketing Executive and now as an Events Coordinator for a deaf organization, as well as blogging for Hearing Like Me. She is passionate about deaf awareness, campaigning for equality and helping others through her personal blog as Deafie Blogger.
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