You make a financial investment when you purchase hearing aids, so take steps to keep them safe and secure as you hit the road. It would be great if all vacations were stress-free, but unfortunately, that’s not always the way it goes. Taking precautions to protect your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be concerned about while going on vacation. What kind of specific handling do your hearing aids require while you are on the road?
There Are Some Simple Things You Can do
First, you will want to pack your cleaning kit. Anything you do at home to clean your hearing aids, you’ll want to do when you travel. Almost all good quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a specialized cleaning kit that contains a brush or pick. You should also pack a soft dry cloth to wipe the surface down and a case to store them in when not wearing them.
Extra batteries will probably be a good idea too. More than likely you’ll be wearing your hearing aids longer than usual, so it’s good to bring a backup. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring along an extra charger, as well. Sometimes things get lost so carry your replacement charger in a different bag.
Also, make plans to bring these other things:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Creating a checklist is essential so that you can be sure you don’t forget anything you may really need. Pack your hearing aid supplies in an easy to get to place so that you can get at them anytime. Carry this stuff in your carry on luggage if you are flying.
Be Certain to Get Them Cleaned And Checked
Your hearing aids really should be professionally tuned and cleaned at least one week before you leave. While traveling it’s necessary that they are correctly functioning. Ask your retailer about any warranties you may have on the devices and take any paperwork with you just in case something happens. Don’t inadvertently void your warranty by missing something. Take the time to learn to file a claim.
You should find out if there are any hearing aid retailers close to where you are going. If you require a new battery or some repairs, you will be able to bring it right in.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it is challenging to know all of the changing security requirements at the airport. One thing you should know is to wear your hearing aids while walking through the security checkpoints. Inform security that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. most of the time, you will not need to take them out as you go through the metal detector, but listen to the instructions of the security officer.
When you are on the airplane 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 cell phone, either. Be ready because sometimes your hearing aid won’t work quite as well on the plane. Learn to fill the void by using visual signs to the flight attendant and the others around you so they understand that you can’t hear. For example, you can cup your ear to show that you can’t understand.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Vacations often go right along with swimming and humidity. Just because you’re not planning to go swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is not still a potential issue. A dryer is a preventative measure worth having year round, but it’s especially important when you’re traveling.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Function
Different features work better in different settings. For example, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at an amusement park. Hearing aids have outdoor settings that can make the beach more enjoyable. You won’t know for sure what feature to take advantage of 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 a plane. If you are talking with somebody, clip the mic to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Commonly, popular vacation spots accommodate for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that since you won’t be wearing your hearing aids at night. Smoke alarms that shake the bed or flash bright lights should be available to you. Closed caption televisions and special phones can be requested.
Vacationing is enjoyable, but it can be frantic, 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.