When heading out to your favorite destination you should take steps to protect your hearing aid investment. Sometimes vacations are not as free of worry as you would like. If you plan ahead to take care of and maintain your hearing aids properly, that’s one less thing to stress about when you travel. What protective steps can you take for your hearing aids when you go on vacation.
Start With the Essentials
Be sure to bring along a full cleaning kit to begin. Clean your hearing aids the same way as you would when you are at home. A brush or pick comes with most quality brand cleaning kits. When you’re not wearing them, you should keep them in a case for safekeeping. Don’t forget to bring along a soft cloth to wipe them down.
You will probably also need extra batteries. More than likely you’ll be wearing the hearing aids longer than you usually do, so it’s smart to bring a backup set. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring along an extra charger, also. Occasionally things get misplaced so put your additional charger in a separate bag.
Give consideration to some additional components you may want for your hearing aids like:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Put together a list of everything you use when you’re at home before you leave and double check to make sure you have everything you need with you before you pack up the automobile. Put your hearing aid items in an easily accessible place so that you can access them anytime. Carry on luggage is the perfect place to carry these items if you are going on a plane.
Before leaving Make Certain You Have Your Hearing Aids Checked and Cleaned by a Hearing Aid Professional.
One week before you go take your hearing aids in for service. While traveling it’s essential that they are correctly functioning. Ask your retailer about any warranties you may have on your hearing aids and take any paperwork with you just in case something happens. Don’t unintentionally void your warranty by skipping something. Take the time to learn how to file a claim.
You ought to check into whether there are any hearing aid retailers near where you are staying. If you need a replacement battery or maybe even some repairs, you will be able to bring it right in.
Some Considerations When You Are Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Sometimes it is challenging to know all of the changing security requirements when you’re at the airport. When you are walking through the security checkpoint, keep your hearing aids in your ear. As you come up to the security officers, let them know that you have a hearing aid in. In most cases, you probably won’t have to remove them as you go through the metal detector, but follow the directions of the security agent.
It’s also perfectly fine to wear your hearing aids aboard the plane. You will not be required to turn them off before take off like you do a mobile device, either. Be prepared because sometimes your hearing aid doesn’t work as well on the plane. Use visual indicators to let people know you may not hear as well. If you can’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, it doesn’t mean humidity is still not a potential problem. A dryer is a preventative measure worth having all year round, but it’s especially important when you travel.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Function
Certain features work best in one kind of setting, other features work better in a different kind of environment. In a busy restaurant for example, or at a theme park, you will need to filter out background noise. You will have more fun at the beach if you use outdoor settings. You won’t know for sure what feature to take advantage of if you are not familiar with how your hearing aid works.
A Remote Microphone is a Good Thing to Bring
In noisy settings, this will be helpful. If you are talking with someone, clip the microphone to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Usually, popular vacation destinations accommodate for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that since 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 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.