When venturing out to your favorite destination you should put steps in place to protect your hearing aids. Sometimes vacations are not as worry-free as you would wish. If you would like one less concern, come up with a plan to protect your hearing aid while on vacation. What protective steps can you take for your hearing aids when you go on a trip.
What Are The Basics
First of all, you will need to bring your cleaning kit. Anything you do at home to keep your hearing aids clean, you’ll want to do when you travel. Almost all good quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a special cleaning kit that includes a brush or pick. When you’re not wearing them, you need to put them in a case for safekeeping. Also, bring a soft cleaning cloth to wipe them down.
You may possibly also need extra batteries. You will potentially use your hearing aid more than usual so backups are a prudent idea. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring an extra charger, also. Put your chargers in separate bags in the event that one gets misplaced.
Also, plan to bring these other items:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Put together a checklist of all the things you use at home prior to leaving and check twice to ensure you’ve got everything you need with you before you pack up the car. You never know when you might actually need one of your hearing aid supplies, so put them in an easy to access spot. Carry this stuff in your carry on luggage if you are flying.
A Professional Cleaning And Checkup is a Smart Move Before You Leave
A week before you go take your hearing aids in for service. You want them working their best while you travel. Ask the retailer about any warranties you have on the hearing aids and bring the paperwork with you in case something goes wrong. Learn how to file a claim or else you may miss something and you could void your warranty.
You ought to check into if there are any hearing aid retailers near where you are going. If you need a new battery or some repairs, it will be possible to bring it right in.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it can be difficult to know all of the changing security expectations at the airport. The first thing you should know is to wear your hearing aids while walking through the security checkpoints. Notify security that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. In most cases, you will not need to take them out as you walk through the metal detector, but adhere to the instructions of the security officer.
While you are on the plane you can still keep your hearing aids in as well. You will not be required to turn them off before take off like you have to with a mobile device, either. You may discover your hearing aids won’t work quite as well on the plane, so be ready for that if it happens. Use visual clues to make people aware that you might not hear as well. Cupping your ear, for example, sends a signal that you can’t understand.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Vacations often go right along with swimming and humidity. Even if you aren’t planning on going swimming in a pool or going into the ocean, it is a smart idea to have a way to dry out your hearing aids at night to avoid water damage. A dryer is a preventative measure worth having all year round, but it’s especially important when you’re traveling.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Work
Certain features work best in one kind of environment, other features work better in a different kind of environment. For example, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at an amusement park. Some have outdoor settings that will make the beach more fun. But you have to be familiar with how your hearing aid works if you want to take advantage of these features.
A Remote Microphone is a Good Thing to Bring
A remote microphone will come in handy in loud environments, when driving in the car, or if you are on an airplane. If you are talking with someone, clip the mic to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Popular vacation destinations commonly have accommodations for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be using your hearing aids at night you will want to take advantage of that. Ask them about rooms with smoke alarms that flash the lights or shake the bed. Closed caption televisions and special phones can be requested.
Traveling is fun, but it can also 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.