The spookiest night of the year comes with a great deal of noise, whether it’s costumed kids shrieking with excitement, grown-ups screaming in surprise, or music thumping on the dancefloor. Read on to learn some quick tips for surviving the frightful night.
1. Fireworks are as loud as gunshots
A few good bangs are all part of the fun, but every exploding firework or banger can easliy exceed 120 dB, this is far above the safe level of 85 dB. Just a few minutes spent close to exploding fireworks can give high you a higher risk of hearing loss, so be sure to stay a safe distance away. If you are in any doubt, wear hearing protection.
2. Keep your ears warm
Fireworks are as loud as gunshots. A few good bangs are all part of the fun, but every exploding firework or banger can easliy exceed 120 dB, this is far above the safe level of 85 dB. Just a few minutes spent close to exploding fireworks can give high you a higher risk of hearing loss, so be sure to stay a safe distance away. If you are in any doubt, wear hearing protection. When we are outside in the cold weather, maybe trick or treating with your children or grandchildren – our ears get less blood flowing to them. This increases the risk of ear infections, it would make sense to keep them wrapped up with ear warmers or ear muffs. In fact, keep all of your body warm; catching a cold can temporarily increase hearing loss too.
3. Smoky bonfires can irritate you
During the cold and dark of All Hallows Eve, it can be very cosy to warm yourself around a bonfire with your family and friends. But be aware that smoke from bonfires can irritate hearing conditions such as tinnitus. It’s a good idea not to get too close, and stand away from any smoky areas if anyone in your group experiences problems.
4. Hearing aids are affected by the cold
It’s not every night we spend time outside in the cold. So if you or your loved ones wear hearing aids, check these vital devices are ready to help you all enjoy the occasion to the fullest. Battery life is shorter in cold temperatures, it would be a good idea to bring spare batteries, or make sure their fully charged if they are rechargeable.
5. Party so everyone can enjoy it
When excited ghosts and witches get dancing, parties can become very loud. To ensure that people with hearing problems can take part in the fun, it’s a good idea to keep the volume down. This helps everyone to understand conversations and reduces the need to shout. It also helps to avoid discomfort for those with hearing problems such as hyperacusis – a high sensitivity to certain frequencies and volume levels. If anyone needs to lip-read, ensure the rooms are well lit.
Make sure to enjoy the spooky season and don’t let your hearing limit the fun!
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