You make an investment when you purchase hearing aids, so take measures to keep them safe and secure as you hit the road. It would be great if all trips were worry-free, but sadly, that’s not always the case. Taking precautions to protect your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be worried about while traveling. What protective steps should you take for your hearing aids when you go on vacation.
Start With the Basics
First of all, you will want to bring your cleaning kit. Anything you do while at home to keep your hearing aids clean, you’ll need to do while you travel. Most good quality brands come with or offer a specialized cleaning kit that offers a brush or pick. It’s a good idea to have a carrying case for storage and a soft wiping cloth.
It’s a smart strategy to bring along replacement batteries, too. Chances are you’ll be wearing your hearing aids longer than you usually do, so it’s prudent to have a backup set. If your hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries, bring along an extra charger, too. Your additional charger needs to be put somewhere separate just in case one gets lost.
These are some other things you should bring along:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Put together a checklist of all the things you use at home prior to leaving and check twice to make sure you have everything with you before you load up your automobile. An easy to get at place should be selected to put your hearing aid products in. Carry on luggage is the best place to carry these things if you are flying on a plane.
Have Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked
One week before you go take your hearing aids in for service. When traveling it’s essential that they are properly working. Ask the retailer about any warranties you may have on the hearing aids and bring any paperwork with you in case something goes wrong. Make sure you know the steps for filing a claim, so you don’t overlook something and possibly void the warranty.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is a retailer close to where you will be staying, too. Or look up hearing aid repair or retailers by yourself. If you need a new battery or maybe even some repairs, it will be possible to bring it right in.
Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
Sometimes it can be hard to understand all of the changing security specifications at the airport. When you are walking through the security gate, keep your hearing aids in your ear. As you approach the security officers, let them know that you have a hearing aid in. In most cases, you probably won’t have to remove them when you step through the metal detector, but listen to the directions of the security officer.
When you are on the plane you can still keep your hearing aids in as well. In most cases, you may need to turn off cell phones and mobile devices before taking off but your hearing aid can stay on. When on the plane, your hearing aid might not work as well. If you are having trouble hearing, use visual indicators to let people know. When you don’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to make them aware.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Vacations usually go hand in hand with swimming and humidity. Just because you’re not planning to go swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is still not a potential problem. A dryer is a preventative measure worth having all year round, but it’s particularly important when you travel.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Work
Different features work better in different environments. For example, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at a theme park. Hearing aids have outdoor settings that can make the beach more fun. But you have to be familiar with how your hearing aid operates if you want to use these features.
Bring Along a Remote Microphone
In noisy environments, this will be helpful. If you are speaking with someone, clip the mic to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Prominent vacation destinations usually have amenities for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be wearing your hearing aids during the night you will want to take advantage of that. Smoke alarms that shake the bed or flash bright lights should be available to you. Ask if they have special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Traveling is enjoyable, but it can also be crazy, too. Get your hearing aids situated before you leave, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.