When heading out to your favorite getaway you really should take steps to protect your hearing aids. Sometimes getaways are not as worry-free as you would wish. Taking precautions to take care of your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be stressed about while going on vacation. What kind of specific handling do your hearing aids need when you are on the road?
Start With the Basics
You’ll need a fully packed cleaning kit, to begin with. Everything you do at home to keep your hearing aids clean, you’ll want to do when you travel. A brush or pick is included with the majority of brand name cleaning kits. It’s a smart idea to have a case for storage and a soft wiping cloth.
You may possibly also need replacement batteries. Odds are you’ll be using the hearing aids longer than you usually do, so it’s prudent to bring a backup. If your hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries, bring along an additional charger, as well. Sometimes things get lost so carry your extra charger in a separate bag.
Also, plan to bring these other things:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Prior to loading your car up check twice to be sure you packed all the things you may need. You never know for sure exactly when you may need one of your hearing aid supplies, so pack them in an easy to access spot. Carry on luggage is the perfect place to put these things when you are flying on a plane.
Have Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked Out
Take your hearing aids in for a good cleaning and tune-up one week or two before you go on vacation. Properly working hearing aids will make traveling safer and more pleasant. You may need to take your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency servicing when you are on vacation so be sure to consult your retailer regarding any warranties you may have. Be sure that you know how to file a claim, so you don’t miss something and void the warranty.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is a retailer around where you will be staying, also. Or look up hearing aid repair or retailers by yourself. Then it will be a lot more convenient if you need servicing or possibly a new battery.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Sometimes it can be challenging to comprehend all of the constantly changing security specifications while at the airport. The first thing you need to be aware of is to wear your hearing aids while walking through the security checkpoints. Tell the security officer that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. If you adhere to the officer’s direction you most likely won’t have to remove them to pass through the metal detector.
It’s also perfectly fine to use your hearing aids aboard the plane. Usually, you be required to turn 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 might not work as well. Use visual clues 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 make them aware.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Vacations often go right along with water fun 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 preventative measure worth having all year round, but it’s particularly important when you’re traveling.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Operate
Some features work better in one kind of setting, other features work better in a different kind of environment. In a crowded restaurant for instance, or at a theme park, you will want to filter out background noise. 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 use these features.
Bring a Remote Microphone
A remote microphone will be convenient in noisy environments, when driving in the car, or if you are on an airplane. You simply clip the mic to whoever you are talking with to enhance their voice so that you can talk freely.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Prominent vacation destinations commonly have amenities for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be wearing your hearing aids during the night you will want to take advantage of that. Smoke alarms which shake the bed or have flashing lights should be available. 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 leave, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.