You make an investment when you buy hearing aids, so take steps to keep them safe as you jet around the world. It would be great if all vacations were worry-free, but sadly, that’s often not the case. If you come up with a plan to care for and protect your hearing aids properly, that’s one less thing to worry about when you travel. What protective measures can you take for your hearing aids when you go on a trip.
What Are The Basics
You’ll want a thoroughly packed cleaning kit, for starters. Everything you do at home to keep your hearing aids clean, you’ll need to do while you travel. Almost all quality brands come with or offer a specialty cleaning kit that offers a brush or pick. When you’re not using them, you should keep them in a case for storage. Also, bring a soft cleaning cloth to wipe them down with.
It’s a prudent strategy to bring along extra batteries, also. Odds are you’ll be putting in your hearing aids longer than you usually do, so it’s smart to bring a backup set. Don’t forget about that replacement charger if you own a hearing aid with rechargeable batteries. Your extra charger needs to be carried somewhere separate just in case one gets lost.
Also, make plans to bring along these other items:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Create a checklist of everything you use when you’re at home before leaving and check twice to ensure you have everything you need with you before you pack up your vehicle. You never know when you may need one of your hearing aid supplies, so pack them in an easily accessible place. When you are taking a plane, as an example, carry this stuff in your carry on luggage or bag.
Before You Leave be Sure You Have Your Hearing Aids Checked and Cleaned by a Hearing Aid Professional.
Your hearing aids really should be tuned up and cleaned at least one week before you go. Properly functioning hearing aids will make traveling safer and much more enjoyable. You may have to bring your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency servicing while on vacation so be sure to consult your retailer about any warranties you might have. Don’t accidentally void your warranty by skipping something. Take the time to learn to file a claim.
You ought to find out if there are any hearing aid repair shops close to where you are staying. If you require a replacement battery or maybe even some repairs, it will be possible to bring it right in.
Some Considerations If You Are Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Sometimes it is challenging to comprehend all of the changing security specifications at the airport. The first thing you should know is to wear your hearing aids while going through the security checkpoints. As you approach the security officers, advise them that you are wearing a hearing aid. In most cases, you probably won’t need to remove them as you go through the metal detector, but adhere to the directions of the security officer.
You are also allowed to use your hearing aids on board the plane. In most cases, you be required to shut off cell phones and mobile devices when taking off but you can leave your hearing aids on. When on the plane, your hearing aid may not work as well. If you are having trouble hearing, use visual indicators to let people know. If you can’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to clue them in.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Good Idea
Vacations often go hand in hand with swimming and humidity. Even if you aren’t planning on swimming in a pool or going into the ocean, it is a smart idea to have a way to dry out your hearing aids during the night to protect against water damage. A dryer is really important while on vacation and also all year round.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Function
Different features work best in different settings. In a busy restaurant for example, or at an amusement park, you will need to filter out background noise. You will have more fun at the beach when you use outdoor settings. 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 Along
A remote microphone will be convenient in loud environments, when driving in the car, or if you are on an airplane. When you are talking with somebody, clip the microphone to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Usually, popular vacation destinations accommodate for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that because you won’t be wearing 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.
Going on vacation is enjoyable, but it can be frantic, 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.