Buying hearing aids is a financial investment so when you are leaving on vacation, take steps to protect them. Vacations should be stress-free, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. If you plan ahead to take care of and safeguard your hearing aids properly, that’s one less thing to worry about when you travel. When traveling, are there any specific steps to put in place for the protection of your hearing aids?
Start With the Basics
Be sure to bring along a full cleaning kit to start with. Anything you do while at home to keep your hearing aids clean, you’ll need to do while you travel. Most quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a special cleaning kit that offers a brush or pick. It’s a good idea to bring a case for storage and a soft cleaning cloth.
Replacement batteries will probably come in handy also. Chances are you’ll be putting in your hearing aids longer than normal, so it’s prudent to bring a backup. Don’t forget about that replacement charger if you have a hearing aid that has rechargeable batteries. Put your chargers in separate bags in case one gets misplaced.
Also, make plans to bring these other items:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Put together a checklist of everything you use when you’re at home before you leave and double check to ensure that you’ve got everything you need with you before you pack up your car. Pack your hearing aid supplies in an easily accessible place to be sure that you can access them anytime. Carry on luggage is the perfect spot to carry these items when you are flying on a plane.
A Professional Cleaning And Checkup is a Good Idea Before You Get Going
Your hearing aids should be professionally tuned and cleaned at least one week before you go. When traveling it’s important that they are properly working. Ask your retailer about any warranties you have on your hearing aids and bring any paperwork with you just in case something happens. Be sure you know the steps for filing a claim, so you don’t miss something and void the warranty.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is a retailer near where you will be staying, also. Or look up hearing aid repair or retailers by yourself. This will make it that much more stress-free if you need repairs or a new battery.
Some Considerations If You Are Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
Considering all the changing security specifications, going to the airport is always confusing. When you are going through the security gate, wear your hearing aids. Tell security that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. If you adhere to the officer’s instruction you probably won’t have to remove them to pass through the metal detector.
While you are on the plane you can still keep your hearing aids in as well. Usually, you might need to shut off cell phones and mobile devices when taking off but your hearing aid can stay on. You may discover your hearing aids won’t function as well on the plane, so be ready for that if it happens. Learn to compensate by using visual signs to the flight attendant and the others near you so they understand that you can’t hear. Cupping your ear, for example, indicates that you don’t understand.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Smart Idea
Swimming and humid weather go hand in hand with vacationing. Even if you’re not planning to go swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is not still a potential issue. A dryer is really important while on vacation and also all year round.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Function
Certain features work better in one kind of setting, other features work better in a different kind of environment. For instance, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at a theme park. Some have outdoor settings that can make the beach more enjoyable. You can’t know for sure what feature to use if you are not familiar with how your hearing aid works.
Bring Along a Remote Microphone
A remote microphone will come in handy in noisy settings, when driving in the car, or if you are on an airplane. When you are speaking with someone, clip the microphone to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Prominent vacation destinations commonly have accommodations for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be wearing your hearing aids at night you will want to take advantage of that. Smoke alarms which shake the bed or have flashing lights should be available to you. Ask if they have special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Vacationing is enjoyable, but it can also be crazy, 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.