When traveling to your favorite destination you really should take steps to protect your hearing aids. It would be nice if all trips were stress-free, but sadly, that’s often not the case. If you want one less concern, come up with a plan to take care of your hearing aid while on vacation. What sort of special handling do your hearing aids require while you are on the road?
There Are Some Basics Things You Can do
You’ll need a thoroughly packed cleaning kit, to begin with. When vacationing you still need to do everything you do while at home to keep your hearing aids clean. A brush or pick is included with the majority of quality brand cleaning kits. When you’re not using them, you should put them in a case for storage. Don’t forget to bring along a soft cleaning cloth to wipe them down with.
You may also need extra batteries. Odds are you’ll be using your hearing aids longer than normal, so it’s good to bring a backup set. If your hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries, bring an additional charger, also. Your replacement charger needs to be carried somewhere separate just in case one gets misplaced.
Consider some additional accessories you might need for your hearing aids including:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Make a list of everything you use when you’re at home prior to leaving and check twice to make sure you have everything you need with you before you load up your automobile. An easily accessible spot should be selected to pack your hearing aid supplies in. Carry on luggage is the best spot to carry these items when you are flying on a plane.
A Professional Cleaning And Checkup is a Smart Idea Before You Get Going
One week before leaving take your hearing aids in for service. You want them working their best when you are traveling. You may have to bring your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency service while on vacation so consult your retailer concerning any warranties you may have. Don’t inadvertently void the warranty by missing something. Take the time to learn how to file a claim.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is a retailer close to where you will be staying, as well. Or look up hearing aid repair or retailers by yourself. If you need a replacement battery or some repairs, you will be able to bring it right in.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it is hard to comprehend all of the constantly changing security expectations while at the airport. When you are going through the security gate, wear your hearing aids. Tell security that you have a hearing aid as you approach so that they know ahead of time. If you follow the officer’s direction you probably won’t have to take them out to pass through the metal detector.
You are also allowed to wear your hearing aids aboard the airplane. In most cases, you may need to turn off cell phones and mobile devices before taking off but your hearing aid can stay on. You may notice your hearing aids don’t function quite as well on the plane, so be ready for that possibility. If you are having trouble hearing, use visual clues to let people know. Cupping your ear, for instance, indicates that you can’t understand.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Smart Idea
Vacations typically go right along with water fun 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 at night to avoid water damage. A dryer is very important when on vacation and also year round.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Operate
Different features work better in different environments. In a crowded restaurant for instance, or at an amusement park, you will want to filter out background noise. You will have more fun at the beach if you use outdoor settings. But you have to be familiar with how your hearing aid functions if you want to use these features.
Bring a Remote Microphone
In loud environments, this will be helpful. If you are speaking with somebody, clip the mic to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Usually, popular vacation venues 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 flash the 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.