Our VRI On Demand pilot is now underway. From now until December 21, Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., we will help you to connect virtually to an ASL interpreter. To access, email email@example.com to be set up for the program. VRI On Demand is available to all Albertans.
Have a Safe and Happy Halloween, whatever you dress as and however you celebrate.
- COVID-19 Protocols
- Don’t go trick-or-treating if feeling ill, even if symptoms are minor
- Minimize contact with others: trick-or-treat with your family or cohort, remain within your community, and stay 2 meters apart
- Choose costumes that allow a non-medical mask to be worn underneath – make sure you can see and breathe comfortably
- Avoid touching doorbells or railings: call “trick or treat” from 2 meters away, knock instead of using doorbells, use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces
- Wash hands and disinfect packages before eating candy
- Keep Your Ears Warm! It’s probably going to be cold! If you are going to be outside for trick-or-treating, make sure your ears are well covered.
- Check Hearing Aids. If you are a parent who wears hearing aids, make sure they are functioning properly so that you can best be aware of everything that’s happening. Does your child wear hearing aids? Make sure they are cleaned and put fresh batteries in. Take extra accessories with you – just in case.
- Hearing Aid Batteries. Be aware that the cold weather shortens the life span of hearing aid batteries. Replace them with new ones before you go out. Also – bring a spare few!
- Hats, Masks and Scarves. Children will be less aware of their hearing aids because of all the fun. Be sure the accessories fit well and won’t accidentally dislodge the hearing aids. Develop a plan ahead of time to avoid mishaps.
- Be Aware. Does your child have a hearing loss? Be their extra pair of ears – listening for cars, potential dangers or even other groups of kids. If you are an adult with a hearing loss just remember that there will be more people out and about – more sounds and noises around you. Focus on the signal and turn your noise suppression hearing aid program on.
- Stay In a Group. If your kids are old enough to go trick-or-treating on their own, and they have a hearing loss, set up a pre-meeting with his/her co-trick-or-treaters so that they can all discuss a game plan. Make sure they are aware of all COVID-19 safety protocols as recommended by the Alberta Government.
- Use Your Vision. It is dark early, so make sure your kids wear reflective clothing or a reflector so they are visible to traffic. Flashlights are helpful for safety.
- Candy Candy Candy! Halloween is about the candy — but beware because increased blood-sugar levels can damage the blood vessels that supply the inner ear with oxygen and nutrients. This can result in the sensation of tinnitus or even feeling lightheaded.