Getting hearing aids is a financial investment so when you are leaving on vacation, take steps to safeguard them. It would be great if all vacations were stress-free, but sadly, that’s often not the way it goes. If you want one less concern, come up with a plan to take care of your hearing aid while on the road. When traveling, are there any specific measures to take for the protection of your hearing aids?
There Are Some Basics Things You Can do
First of all, you will want to pack your cleaning kit. When going on vacation you still should do all of the things you do at home to keep your hearing aids clean. A brush or pick is included with most brand name cleaning kits. It’s a good idea to have a case for storage and a soft wiping cloth.
Extra batteries will most likely be a good idea too. You will potentially use your hearing aid more than usual so a backup set is a good idea. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring along an additional charger, as well. Your additional charger needs to be carried somewhere separate in case one gets lost.
Also, make plans to bring these other things:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Before loading your car up check twice so that you may be certain you have everything that you may need. You never know for sure when you might actually need one of your hearing aid supplies, so put them in an easy to get at spot. If you are flying, as an example, keep these items in your carry on luggage or bag.
Make Sure You Get Them a Good Cleaning And Checkup
A week prior to going bring your hearing aids in for an expert tune-up. While traveling it’s important that they are correctly working. Ask your retailer about any warranties you have on your devices and take the paperwork with you in case something happens. Learn how to file a claim otherwise you might miss something and you could void the warranty.
It won’t hurt to find out if there is an office near where you will be staying, also. Or research hearing aid repair or retailers on your own. This way you know where to go if you need a quick service, a new battery or even a replacement hearing aid.
Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
Sometimes it can be hard to understand all of the constantly changing security requirements 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 are wearing a hearing aid. In most cases, you probably won’t need to remove them when you walk through the metal detector, but follow the directions of the security agent.
While you are on the plane you can still keep your hearing aids in as well. Usually, you need to shut off cell phones and mobile devices when taking off but you can leave your hearing aids on. When you’re on the plane, your hearing aid may not work as well. If you are having a hard time hearing, use visual clues to let people know. As an example, you can cup your ear to show that you can’t understand.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Smart Idea
Vacations often go hand in hand with swimming and humidity. Even if you’re not planning to go swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is not still a potential problem. A dryer is a precaution worth having year round, but it’s particularly important when you’re traveling.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Work
Some features work better 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. You will have more fun at the beach if you use outdoor settings. You won’t know for sure what feature to take advantage of if you are not familiar with how your hearing aid works.
Bring Along a Remote Microphone
A remote microphone will come in handy in loud environments, 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
Popular vacation destinations 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. Ask them about rooms with smoke alarms that have flashing lights or shake the bed. Closed caption televisions and special phones can be requested.
Traveling is fun, but it can also be crazy, too. Deal with your hearing aids before you go, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.