Halloween tips for healthy ears

The scariest night of the year brings a great deal of noise, whether it’s costumed kids shrieking with excitement, grown-ups screaming in surprise, or music thumping on the dance floor. Take a look at our quick tips for surviving the frightful night.



Keep ears warm and working well

When we are outside in the cold weather – like trick or treating in your neighbourhood – our ears get less blood flowing to them. This increases the risk of ear infections, so it makes good 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. 


Smoky bonfires can irritate

During the cold and dark night of Halloween, it can be very cozy 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.


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, so it is a good idea to bring spare batteries.


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. And if anyone needs to lip-read, ensure the rooms are well lit.


Beware! Fireworks are as loud as gunshots

A few good bangs are all part of the fun, but every exploding firework or banger can exceed 120 dB with ease – far above the safe level of 85 dB. Just a few minutes spent close to exploding fireworks could cause hearing loss, so be sure to stay a safe distance away. And if you are in any doubt, wear hearing protection.

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