When traveling to your favorite destination you really should take steps to protect your hearing aid investment. Often times vacations are not as free of worry as you would like. If you come up with a plan to care for and maintain your hearing aids correctly, that’s one less thing to stress about when you travel. What sort of specific care do your hearing aids need while you are on the road?
Start With the Essentials
First of all, you will need to bring your cleaning kit. Anything you do at home to clean your hearing aids, you’ll want to do while you travel. A brush or pick is included with most brand name cleaning kits. When you’re not using them, you should keep them in a case for storage. Also, bring a soft cleaning cloth to wipe them down with.
It’s a prudent idea to bring along replacement batteries, too. More than likely you’ll be putting in the hearing aids longer than you usually do, so it’s good to bring a backup set. Don’t overlook that extra charger if you have a hearing aid with rechargeable batteries. Your extra charger needs to be carried somewhere separate in case one gets lost.
Think about some extra items you will probably want for your hearing aids such as:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Before loading your car up double check to be sure that you packed everything you might need. An easy to get at spot should be selected to pack your hearing aid supplies in. Carry on luggage is the perfect spot to carry these items when you are flying on a plane.
Make Sure You Get Them a Good Cleaning And Checkup
A week prior to going take your hearing aids in for an expert tune-up. You will want them working their best while you are traveling. You may have to bring your hearing aids in for emergency service while on vacation so be sure to ask your retailer about any warranties you may have. Don’t accidentally void the warranty by skipping something. Take the time to learn to file a claim.
It won’t hurt to find out 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 replacement battery or maybe even some repairs, you will be able to bring it right in.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Considering all of the changing security specifications, going to the airport is often confusing. One thing you should know is to wear your hearing aids while walking through the security checkpoints. Inform the security officer that you have a hearing aid as you approach so that they know ahead of time. If you listen to the security agent’s direction you most likely 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. You will not need to turn them off before the plane takes off like you do a cell phone, either. When you’re on the plane, your hearing aid may not work as well. Learn to fill the void by using visual hints to the flight attendant and the other people around you so they understand you can’t hear. If you can’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to make them aware.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Water fun and humidity go right along with vacationing. Just because you’re not planning on going swimming, it doesn’t mean humidity is not still a potential problem. A dryer is very important while on vacation and also all year round.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Function
Certain features work best in one kind of environment, other features work better in a different kind of setting. For example, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at an amusement park. You will get more enjoyment out of the beach if you use outdoor settings. But you have to be familiar with how your hearing aid operates if you want to use these features.
A Remote Microphone is a Good Thing to Bring
In noisy settings, this will be helpful. You just clip the mic to whoever you are talking with which enhances their voice so that you can chat freely.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Normally, popular vacation destinations 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. Ask if they provide special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Vacationing 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.