As we age, hearing loss becomes more common. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), nearly 25% of people 65 to 74 and 50% of those 75 and older have disabling hearing loss.
If you or a loved one are one of these millions of people with hearing loss, it’s important to make sure your condition doesn’t prevent you from staying safe in your own home.
Traditional Alarms May be Hard to Hear
Whether we’re talking about smoke alarms, security systems or carbon monoxide detectors, many traditional models use alarms that may be difficult to hear if you have hearing loss. This makes you reliant on loved ones to inform you of any potential dangers and can put you in a vulnerable position. Thankfully, there are specific models designed with people who are hard of hearing in mind.
Alert Systems for Those with Hearing Loss
You can purchase smoke and fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and security systems for your home that utilize things like extra loud alarms or flashing strobe lights to alert you to any dangers. Some will even include a digital display that says “FIRE” in bright orange letters to help you notice them.
You can also find bed-vibrating alarms. These have a component that goes under your pillow or mattress and alerts you to danger by shaking you awake.
If you don’t want to replace your traditional alarms, you can purchase a separate alerting device. These detect the pitch of your existing alarm and respond with a louder, lower-pitched sound that people with hearing loss are more likely to pick up.
Depending on what technology you chose, some of these will need to be installed by a professional. You may be able to find other options at Emil’s Hardware or other local shops.
Other Home Safety Tips
- Have an emergency preparedness plan set in place with your family
- Stock up on supplies like extra food, water and prescription medications
- Have an escape route to get out of your home if you need to
- Post emergency responder numbers on the fridge or plug them into your cellphone
Treat Hearing Loss to Keep You Safer
By treating your hearing loss with hearing aids, you are ensuring that you are maximizing your hearing abilities. While there are certain times of the day, such as when you are sleeping, that you won’t be wearing your device, the hours that you do will leave you better able to detect any worrisome sounds or alarms.
If you have untreated hearing loss, make an appointment with an expert at The House Institute today to protect your hearing and increase your safety.