You make a financial investment when you purchase hearing aids, so take steps to keep them safe and secure as you jet around the world. Sometimes vacations are not as free of worry as you would like. Taking precautions to protect your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be stressed about when traveling. What sort of specific handling do your hearing aids need when you are on vacation?
There Are Some Simple Things You Can do
Be sure to bring a complete cleaning kit to start with. When vacationing you still need to do everything you do while at home to keep your hearing aids clean. Most quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a specialized cleaning kit that offers a brush or pick. It’s a good idea to have a case for storage and a soft cleaning cloth.
Extra batteries will most likely be a good idea as well. You will most likely wear your hearing aid more than usual so backups are a prudent idea. If your hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries, bring an extra charger, as well. Carry your chargers in separate bags just in case one gets lost.
Consider some additional accessories you might want for your hearing aids such as:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Put together a list of everything you use at home prior to leaving and double check to be certain you’ve got everything with you before you pack up the automobile. You never know exactly when you might need one of your hearing aid supplies, so put them in an easy to get at place. If you are flying, for instance, carry this stuff in your carry on luggage or bag.
Get Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked
Take your hearing aids in for a good cleaning and a professional tune-up one week or two before your trip. Properly functioning hearing aids will make your travels safer and much more pleasant. Ask the retailer about any warranties you may have on the devices and take the paperwork with you in case something goes wrong. Make sure that you know how to file a claim, so you don’t neglect anything and void the warranty.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is a retailer near where you will be staying, also. Or research hearing aid repair or retailers on your own. Then you will 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
Considering all the changing security specifications, going to the airport is often perplexing. The first thing you should know is to keep your hearing aids in while going through the security checkpoints. 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 step through the metal detector, but listen to the instructions of the security officer.
You are also allowed to use your hearing aids on the aircraft. In most cases, you may need to shut off cell phones and mobile devices when taking off but your hearing aid can stay on. Be prepared because sometimes your hearing aid doesn’t work as well on the plane. If you are having a hard time hearing, use visual indicators to let people know. When you don’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to clue them in.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Water fun and humidity go right along with vacations. Just because you’re not planning to go swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is not still a potential problem. A dryer is very important while on vacation and also year round.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Work
Different features work best in different settings. For example, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at a theme park. Some have outdoor settings that will make the beach more enjoyable. You can’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
In loud settings, this will come in handy. When you are conversing with someone, clip the microphone 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. 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.
Going on vacation is enjoyable, but it can also 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.