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If you have hearing loss, you may feel anxious about being unable to hear sounds such as fire alarms, warnings or approaching traffic. Living with hearing loss, especially if you have a young family, can increase the danger you experience in day to day living, but there are measures you can take to make yourself and those around you safer.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we know that hearing loss can make people feel vulnerable. Wearing hearing aids can reduce the risks associated with safety, and can also prevent against further deterioration of your hearing and the development of linked conditions such as dementia and depression. If you already wear hearing aids, however, there are further steps you can take.
Safety Tips For Those With Hearing Loss
1. Use specific alarms. An alarm that uses sound to alert you may not be the best option if your hearing is compromised, but there are many alternatives available that warn users of danger by lighting up, flashing or vibrating. You can explore the options to find the best sort of alarm for you.
2. Explore whether a service animal would be an option. Some people find that a service animal is the answer to their worries, since it can alert them to unheard sounds and alarms, and help to make daily life easier. This may be a good option for you, especially if you live alone, and you can discuss this with your audiologist or your doctor to find out more.
3. Share your worries. Talking to your friends and loved ones about your hearing loss and your safety concerns can help to reduce the risk of danger since others will be aware of the issue and can alert you or assist if a situation arises.
4. Plan ahead. You should always have a plan for action in an emergency, and this is even more important if you have hearing loss. Discuss your plans for different situations with your family, and your neighbours if possible, to ensure that everyone knows where you will be if an emergency arises.
5. Don’t take unnecessary risks when driving. It always pays to be organised when driving, but maybe this is more crucial when you have hearing loss. Keep your car in good condition and get any problems checked out, avoid distractions in the car and keep up with regular hearing tests to ensure that your hearing aid is functioning as well as possible.
Book a Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over sixty-five branches and clinics. You can talk to us about any hearing loss you are experiencing, and take a free hearing test to establish how we can help.
We offer a free earwax removal procedure for those over 50, and we have a great range of hearing aids to suit all budgets. Our experienced team of audiologists will put you at your ease and help you to find the best solution for your lifestyle.