When venturing out to your favorite destination you will need to take steps to safeguard your hearing aid investment. Vacations should be stress-free, but that’s not always the case. 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. When traveling, are there any specific measures to take for the safety of your hearing aids?
There Are Some Basics Things You Can do
Be sure to bring a full cleaning kit to start with. When vacationing you still should do everything you do at home to keep your hearing aids clean. Most good quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a specialized cleaning kit that includes a brush or pick. It’s a prudent idea to have a carrying case for storage and a soft wiping cloth.
Extra batteries will most likely come in handy also. It’s a good idea to bring along a backup since you will probably wear your hearing aid more than you typically do. If your hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries, bring an extra charger, also. Occasionally things get misplaced so put your extra charger in a separate bag.
Think about what additional components you will probably need for your hearing aids such as:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Before packing up your car double check to be sure that you have everything you may need. Pack your hearing aid items in an easy to get to spot to be sure that you can access them when you need them. Put this stuff in your carry on bag if you are flying.
Before You Leave Make Sure You Have Your Hearing Aids Checked and Cleaned by a Professional.
Bring your hearing aids in for a good cleaning and tune-up one week or two before you go on your trip. Properly working hearing aids will make traveling safer and more enjoyable. Ask the retailer about any warranties you have on your hearing aids and take any paperwork with you in case something goes wrong. Make sure you know the steps for filing a claim, so you don’t miss anything and possibly void your warranty.
You should check into if there are any hearing aid retailers near where you are going. Then it will be that much more convenient if you need servicing or maybe a new battery.
Some Considerations If You Are Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it can be difficult to understand all of the changing security criteria while at the airport. When you are walking through the security checkpoint, wear your hearing aids. Notify the security officer that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. In most cases, you probably won’t need to take them out when you go through the metal detector, but adhere to the instructions of the security agent.
It’s also perfectly fine to wear your hearing aids on board the plane. You will not need to turn them off before the plane takes off like you have to with a cell phone, either. You might discover your hearing aids won’t work as well on the plane, so be ready for that possibility. If you are having trouble hearing, use visual clues to let people know. For example, you can cup your ear to show that you don’t understand.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Vacations often go hand in hand with swimming and humidity. Even if you aren’t planning on going swimming in a pool or going in the ocean, it is a smart idea to have a way to dry out your hearing aids during the night to avoid water damage. A dryer is really important while on vacation and also all year round.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Work
Different features work better in different settings. In a crowded 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 if you use outdoor settings. But you have to be familiar with how your hearing aid works if you want to take advantage of these features.
Bring Along a Remote Microphone
In noisy environments, this will come in handy. If you are talking with somebody, clip the microphone to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Popular vacation venues commonly have amenities for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be using your hearing aids at night you will want to take advantage of that. Ask them about rooms with smoke alarms that have flashing lights or shake the bed. Find out if they provide 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.