A hearing impaired bracelet or hearing impaired jewelry is probably the last thing on anybody's mind when dealing with a hearing impairment. After all, bracelets, necklaces and anklets may not seem to serve any purpose beyond being decorative. However, when it comes to impairment like the inability to hear, being identified as having a medical condition is often necessary.
This is why hearing impaired bracelets are often worn not just to inform anyone about the wearer's health status but also to alert people, such as rescuers, first-aid staff and medical professionals of the appropriate action to perform when the wearer is involved in an emergency.
Knowledge Can Save a Life
When deaf or hearing impaired people were first encouraged to wear medical identification bracelets, some people were not very supportive of getting "tagged" as hearing impaired. However, the fact that the bracelets were medical alert tags and could provide important information during an emergency quickly showed why it was a necessity. Today, even with modern technology, it still is.
Deafness or profound hearing loss is a serious condition, and it is important that those suffering from the condition are properly identified with a medical bracelet in case of an emergency. Oftentimes, the hearing impaired person may not be able to speak or communicate. He or she may even be unresponsive. Furthermore, an emergency may occur when a relative or a friend who has knowledge about the hearing impairment may not be around. In these cases, a hearing impaired bracelet can silently inform the attending medical personnel of the disease. Medical personnel will likely need to know whether the hearing impairment is new or an existing condition so that they will be able to diagnose and treat correctly.
Some people with severe hearing loss or deafness may be fitted with a cochlear implant. This is also important information for emergency medical personnel. In an emergency it is important to know that the patient would not be able to hear if the implant was knocked off in an accident or that the patient is unable to have a normal MRI.
Preparing for an Emergency
Hearing impairment can be a difficult condition to have as it can make communication complicated, even in less stressful times. Having a hearing impaired bracelet will let the medical staff know how best to communicate with you and be able to make the appropriate medical decisions that can save your life.
Always ensure that you or your loved one is wearing a hearing impaired bracelet at all times and especially before leaving the house. If necessary, pack an extra bracelet during special trips, particularly if you will be travelling alone or leaving town on an extended trip. Always wear the bracelet where it can be spotted easily and avoid taking it off. It might cramp your style, but it can mean the difference between getting the proper care you need and suffering serious medical consequences.