Securing Yourself at Night despite Having Hearing Impairment
People with hearing loss often face a fear of being unable to protect themselves or their loved ones due to their hearing disability. If you cannot hear a threat coming your way, you may not be able to protect yourself from it. Even those with hearing loss can keep themselves and their family safe using these recommendations. You need not lose sleep over your hearing loss; all you have to do is implement these precautionary safety measures.
Research shows that 50% of fatal fires tend to start during night time when everyone is fast asleep. This is why it is essential to install a smoke alarm which produces a low-frequency sound (520Hz) square wave tone. This lower frequency of sound is easier to distinguish for those with hearing loss. You can additionally install flashing lights if you are extremely hard of hearing. You can also install vibrators inside your mattress that can vibrate during emergencies to alert you during the night.
Another useful installation is that of detectors designed to detect excessive carbon monoxide levels in the house. Since carbon monoxide is odorless, it may be difficult to sniff out, but it is extremely toxic. Several household appliances emit this toxic gas, like the dishwasher, stove, oven, as well as the dryer. You can use this detector in collaboration with your smoke alarm or use it separately.
Another useful device is the induction loop that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of your hearing aids by increasing sound volumes around the house. This system uses wires placed all over your room to help stimulate telecoils which are placed within your hearing aids. These enhanced volume levels can help you hear better in emergency situations.
Door bells can be hard to hear for those who are hard of hearing. This is why door lights serve as a far better alternative. Flashing lights are easier to identify and attend to for those with hearing loss.
There are signalers available even for your phone, which can be worn around your wrist to alert you of incoming calls. You can also use these phone signalers to dial your emergency contact numbers using voice activation.