Categories Deaf & Hear Alberta, Hear Alberta

Halloween Safety Tips for the Spooky Season

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween, whatever you dress as and however you celebrate.

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
Categories Hear Alberta

Live with and love your hearing aids

Join us for a free educational presentation at these Calgary Co-op Community Rooms from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. We will discuss some simple and practical tips that can help you adjust to wearing your hearing aid.

Midtown Co-op, September 24
Richmond Co-op, October 2
Village Square Co-op, October 10
Auburn Bay Co-op, October 16
Dalhousie Co-op, October 24

For more information, call 403-284-6200.

Categories Hear Alberta

Love Your Hearing Aids

ou love your life

  • The more enthusiastic about life you are, the more unlikely you are to let hearing loss stand in your way – you live your life fully and with gusto. Research shows people who use hearing aids are more likely to be optimistic and feel engaged in their lives.

You’re a doer

  • Research shows that people who wear their hearing aids are more likely to undertake problems head-on.

Your connections are important

  • Rapport depends mainly on good communication. Treating your hearing loss lets your loved ones know that you want to stay connected and engaged in your relationships – you likely have a strong social network.

You love being active

  • Wearing your hearing aids means that you are intent on staying in step with a fulfilling, healthy, active lifestyle.

You know how to use modern technology to optimize your life

  • Modern hearing aids are a leader in personal consumer electronics. Your investment in state-of-the-art hearing aids proves that you are ready to glean the rewards that modern technology has to offer. Hearing aids come in a wide variety of styles and configurations – some that are not obvious to bystanders and others that are more visible but are stylish and integrate a varied range of shapes and colours along with custom molds.

Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions facing Canadians. It can be sudden or gradual, and it is quite common for someone to not realize they are developing hearing loss. On average, it takes 7 years to acknowledge and act on hearing loss.  There are many causes, ranging from excess noise, illness, genetic factors and ototoxic drugs.  Hearing loss affects all ages. 

Signs of hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty with conversations in noisy environments
  • Hearing people talk, but not understanding their words
  • Needing the TV louder than the rest of your family
  • Trouble hearing from a distance or another room
  • Trouble understanding the voices of women and children
  • Experiencing dizziness, pain, ringing or buzzing in the ears – even if it goes away
  • Research shows that those living with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety and are less likely to participate in organized social activities.

If you experience any of these signs, you should discuss your concerns with your doctor or hearing health professional. Recent research suggests that the longer a hearing loss goes unmanaged, the more challenging it will be to learn to cope with the changes.  When we start using our hearing aids, we can re-train our brain, and rebuild and strengthen the connections that we used to hear.