You make a financial investment when you buy hearing aids, so take measures to keep them safe as you jet around the world. Often times getaways are not as worry-free as you would like. If you plan ahead to take care of and protect your hearing aids properly, that’s one less thing to stress about while you travel. What type of special handling do your hearing aids need when you are on your trip?
Start With the Essentials
You’ll need a fully packed cleaning kit, for one thing. When traveling you still need to do everything you would do while at home to clean your hearing aids. A brush or pick is included with the majority of quality brand cleaning kits. When you’re not using them, you should keep them in a case for storage. Also, bring a soft cloth to wipe them down with.
You will probably also need replacement batteries. You will most likely wear your hearing aid more than normal so a backup set is a good idea. Don’t forget about that replacement charger if you own a hearing aid that has rechargeable batteries. Carry your chargers in separate bags in the event that one gets lost.
Also, plan to bring along these other items:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Put together a checklist of everything you use at home before leaving and double check to be certain you’ve got everything with you before you pack up your vehicle. You never know for sure when you might need one of your hearing aid supplies, so pack them in an easy to access spot. When you are taking a plane, for example, put this stuff in your carry on luggage or bag.
A Professional Cleaning And Checkup is a Smart Idea Before You Get Going
A week before you go take your hearing aids in for service. You will want them functioning at their best while you travel. You may need to bring your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency service while on vacation so be sure to consult your retailer regarding any warranties you might have. Don’t inadvertently void the warranty by missing something. Take some time to learn how to file a claim.
You ought to find out whether there are any hearing aid retailers near where you are going. Then it will be a lot more convenient if you require servicing or a new battery.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
With all of the changing security specifications, going to the airport is always perplexing. When you are going through the security gate, wear your hearing aids. As you approach the security officers, let them know that you are wearing a hearing aid. In most cases, you will not have to remove them as you walk through the metal detector, but adhere to the directions of the security officer.
You are also allowed to wear your hearing aids on the plane. You will not be required to turn them off before take off like you do a cell phone, either. When you’re on the plane, your hearing aid might not work as well. Use visual indicators to make people aware that you might not hear as well. Cupping your ear, for example, indicates that you don’t understand.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Smart Idea
Water fun and humid weather go hand in hand with vacations. Even if you aren’t planning on going swimming in a pool or going into the ocean, it is a smart idea to bring a way to dry out your hearing aids at night to prevent water damage. A dryer is really important while on vacation and also all year round.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Operate
Different features work best in different settings. In a crowded restaurant for instance, or at an amusement park, you will want to filter out background noise. Hearing aids have outdoor settings that will make the beach more fun. You won’t know what feature to use if you are not familiar with how your hearing aid works.
A Remote Microphone is a Good Thing to Bring
A remote microphone will be convenient in loud settings, when driving in the car, or if you are on a plane. If you are speaking with somebody, clip the mic to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Prominent vacation venues commonly have accommodations for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that since you won’t be using your hearing aids at night. Smoke alarms that shake the bed or flash bright lights should be available. Ask if they have special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Traveling is fun, but it can be crazy, too. Get your hearing aids situated before you go, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.