Getting hearing aids is a financial investment so when you are leaving on vacation, take precautions to safeguard them. It would be nice if all getaways were stress-free, but sadly, that’s often not the case. If you plan ahead to care for and protect your hearing aids correctly, that’s one less thing to stress about when you travel. When traveling, are there any specific precautions to take for the safety of your hearing aids?
What Are The Basics
First, you will want to bring your cleaning kit. When traveling you still should do all of the things you do while at home to clean your hearing aids. Most good quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a special cleaning kit that contains a brush or pick. It’s a good idea to have a case for storage and a soft cleaning cloth.
It’s a prudent idea to pack extra batteries, also. It’s a good idea to bring a backup because you will most likely wear your hearing aid more than you normally do. Don’t overlook that extra charger if you have a hearing aid with rechargeable batteries. Your replacement charger should be carried somewhere separate just in case one gets misplaced.
These are a few other things you should bring along:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
A checklist is crucial to be certain that you don’t forget anything you might need. An easily accessible spot should be chosen to carry your hearing aid supplies in. Carry this stuff in your carry on bag if you are flying.
Before You Leave be Sure You Have Your Hearing Aids Checked and Cleaned by a Professional.
Take your hearing aids in for a cleaning and a professional tune-up one week or two before your trip. Properly functioning hearing aids will make your travels safer and more pleasant. You may have to bring your hearing aids in for emergency service when you are on vacation so be sure to consult your retailer regarding any warranties you might have. Don’t accidentally void your warranty by skipping something. Take the time to learn to file a claim.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is an office near where you will be staying, too. Or look up hearing aid repair or retailers by yourself. If you need a new battery or some repairs, it will be possible to bring it right in.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
With all of the changing security specifications, going to the airport is often puzzling. When you are going through the security checkpoint, keep your hearing aids in your ear. As you come up to the security officers, inform them that you are wearing a hearing aid. If you follow the officer’s direction you probably won’t have to remove them to pass through the metal detector.
While you are on the airplane you can still keep your hearing aids in as well. Normally, you may need to turn off cell phones and mobile devices when taking off but you can leave your hearing aids on. Be ready because sometimes your hearing aid won’t work as well on the plane. Use visual hints to let people know you might not hear as well. Cupping your ear, for example, indicates that you can’t understand.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Water fun and humidity go hand in hand with vacationing. Just because you don’t plan on going swimming, it doesn’t mean humidity is still not a potential problem. A dryer is a precaution worth having year round, but it’s especially important when you travel.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Work
Different features work best in different environments. In a busy restaurant for instance, or at a theme park, you will want to filter out background noise. You will get more enjoyment out of the beach when you use outdoor settings. But you have to be familiar with how your hearing aid operates if you want to take advantage of these features.
Bring a Remote Microphone
In loud environments, this will be helpful. You simply clip the microphone to whoever you are talking with to enhance their voice so that you can converse freely.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Normally, popular vacation spots accommodate for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that since 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. Ask if they have special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Going on vacation is fun, but it can be frantic, 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.