Preparing for Emergencies with Hearing Aids

Preparing for Emergencies with Hearing Aids

When it comes to hearing aids, a good motto is: “You can never be too prepared!” You wear your hearing aids daily, so it’s important to make sure that they’re always charged or their batteries are full. You never know what can happen but if you plan for most reasonable scenarios, you can rest assured you’ll be ready when an emergency strikes. 

 

You don’t want to be caught in an unexpected event without your hearing aids functioning or an assistive listening device. While you can’t account for everything that can happen, if extreme weather, fire or a local emergency hits near you, rest assured you’ll be ready to communicate through it all.

 

Make a Plan

You don’t want to be caught in the middle of an emergency and not be able to hear. This can be incredibly disorienting and keep you from being able to function in a safe manner. It can be hard to hear instructions and communicate immediate needs in an emergency, a time when you need communication the most. However, if you have a plan in place, it can quell anxiety and be ready for multiple outcomes. 

 

Make a list of possible scenarios and plan for each of them. Don’t focus on it for too long or obsess – just make sure you know what to do. For instance, map out exit routes in case of fire or decide the best place to go during a tornado. While these things may never happen, its better to be prepared. If you are living with a hearing loss, a crisis will be better spent with others. Reach out to your neighbors and plan to meet up with them in emergencies. You all can share resources and keep each other safer.

Here are just a few things to prepare now so you can be ready later.

 

Have an Emergency Bag Packed

It is a good idea to pack at least one bag, that is ready to grab at a moment’s notice. It is even better to have one ready in your home and one in your car in case a catastrophe strikes while you’re out. If you must leave your home in a hurry, you can grab the bag and feel confident you have everything you need. Basics include extra clothing, (particularly warm clothes, a lightweight blanket, protein bars, first aid supplies and copies of identification. 

 

For people who use hearing aids there a few extra things to consider. For instance, it is important to pack extra batteries. You don’t want to be caught without power during a crisis. If your hearing aids use a rechargeable battery, invest in one or two extras to pack away for a “rainy day”. Carry a waterproof case for your listening devices to keep them dry in inclement weather or a flood. Another important thing to consider is a pen and paper to write out notes incase all your hearing aids get wet or broken.

Write an Emergency Contact List

Your family and friends will want to know where you are in an emergency. Make sure you write out a list of emergency contacts in case you don’t have a cell phone or cell towers cease to work. Besides friends and family, it can be useful for people who use hearing aids to have a few extra contacts. This includes your hearing health specialist and the contact information for the manufacturer of your hearing aids in case you need to order replacement parts or need maintenance tips. 

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

The earlier you know a potential emergency is a threat, the longer you must act. Make sure you sign up for emergency alerts on your cell phone via national alert systems available at www.ready.gov/alerts,. It’s also a good idea to sign up any local emergency alert systems available in your city or county. If you are hearing impaired, it can be easy to miss audio notifications. To ensure you don’t miss an important alert, take care to ensure your cell phone is set to alert via vibrate. Some phone also come with flashing lights to alert you of an emergency in plenty of time.

We’re Here for You

Ideally you will never have to deal with an emergency. However, if something does happen, we are here to help. If you have a hearing loss, you’ll be more connected in your daily life and ready for anything that comes your way when you consider hearing aids. To find out more schedule a hearing exam today.