You make a financial investment when you purchase hearing aids, so take measures to keep them safe and secure as you hit the road. Vacations should be stress-free, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. Making arrangements to take care of your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be stressed about when going on vacation. When traveling, are there any special steps to put in place for the protection of your hearing aids?
Start With the Essentials
First, you will need to pack a cleaning kit. Keep cleaning your hearing aids the same way as you would when you are at home. Almost all good quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a specialized cleaning kit that offers a brush or pick. When you’re not wearing them, you should keep them in a case for storage. Don’t forget to bring a soft cloth to wipe them down.
You might also need extra batteries. It’s not a bad idea to bring a backup set because you will most likely use your hearing aid more than you typically do. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring along an additional charger, as well. Sometimes items get lost so put your extra charger in a different bag.
These are a few other items you should bring along:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Make a checklist of all the things you use when you’re at home before you leave and check twice to make sure you have everything you need with you before you pack up the vehicle. An easy to get at place should be chosen to pack your hearing aid products in. Keep this stuff in your carry on bag when you are flying.
Be Certain to Get Them Cleaned And Checked
A week before you go take your hearing aids in for an expert tune-up. You want them functioning at their best when you travel. You may have to take your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency service while on vacation so consult your retailer about any warranties you might have. Make sure you know how to file a claim, so you don’t miss anything and void the warranty.
You should find out if there are any hearing aid retailers close to where you are going. This will make it a lot more stress-free if you require repairs or perhaps a new battery.
Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
With all the changing security criteria, going to the airport is often confusing. One thing you need to be aware of is to wear your hearing aids while going through the security checkpoints. As you come up to the security officers, let them know that you are wearing a hearing aid. If you listen to the security agent’s instruction you most likely won’t need to remove them to pass through the metal detector.
It’s also not a problem if you wear your hearing aids aboard the plane. Normally, you may need to turn off cell phones and mobile devices while taking off but your hearing aid can stay on. You might discover your hearing aids don’t function as well on the plane, so be prepared for that if it happens. Use visual indicators to make people aware that you might not hear as well. When you don’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to let them know.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Smart Idea
Vacations typically go right along with swimming and humidity. Even if you aren’t planning on swimming in a pool or going into the ocean, it is a good idea to bring a way to dry out your hearing aids during the night to protect against water damage. A dryer is a preventative measure worth having all year round, but it’s especially important when you travel.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Operate
Certain features work better in one kind of setting, other features work better in a different kind of environment. In a busy restaurant for example, or at a theme park, you will want to filter out background noise. You will have more fun at the beach when you use outdoor settings. But you have to be familiar with how your hearing aid functions if you want to use these features.
A Remote Microphone is a Good Thing to Bring Along
In noisy settings, this will come in handy. When you are chatting with someone, clip the mic to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Popular vacation destinations commonly have amenities for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that because 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. Find out if they have special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Vacationing is enjoyable, 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.