When traveling to your favorite destination you will need to take steps to protect your hearing aids. It would be nice if all getaways were stress-free, but unfortunately, that’s not always the way it goes. Taking precautions to care for your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be concerned about when going on vacation. When heading out, are there any specific measures to put in place for the safety of your hearing aids?
There Are Some Simple Things You Can do
You’ll need a thoroughly packed cleaning kit, for one thing. Keep cleaning your hearing aids the same way as when you are at home. A brush or pick is included with most quality brand cleaning kits. When you’re not wearing them, you should keep them in a case for storage. Don’t forget to bring along a soft cloth to wipe them down.
You will probably also need replacement batteries. You will most likely wear your hearing aid more than usual so a backup set is a prudent idea. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring an additional charger, as well. Carry your chargers in separate bags in the event that one gets misplaced.
These are a few other items you should bring along:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Create a checklist of all the things you use when you’re at home prior to leaving and check twice to make sure you’ve got everything you need with you before you pack up the car. You never know when you may need one of your hearing aid supplies, so pack them in an easily accessible place. Carry on luggage is the perfect place to keep these things if you are flying on a plane.
Be Certain to Get Them Cleaned And Checked
Your hearing aids should be tuned up and cleaned at least one week before you leave. You want them functioning at their best while you travel. Ask the retailer about any warranties you have on the devices and bring the paperwork with you just in case something goes wrong. Make sure you know how to file a claim, so you don’t overlook anything and void your warranty.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is a retailer close to where you will be staying, also. Or look up hearing aid repair or retailers on your own. Then you will know where to go if you need quick service, a new battery or even a replacement hearing aid.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it can be difficult to know all of the changing security specifications while at the airport. When you are walking through the security gate, keep your hearing aids in your ear. Tell security that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. If you adhere to the security agent’s instruction you probably won’t have to remove them to pass through the metal detector.
You are also free to wear your hearing aids on the aircraft. You will not be required to turn them off before the plane takes off like you have to with a mobile device, either. When on the plane, your hearing aid may not work as well. Use visual hints to let people know you may not hear as well. As an example, you can cup your ear to show that you don’t understand.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Good Idea
Vacations typically go right along with swimming and humidity. Even if you’re not planning to go swimming, it doesn’t mean humidity is not still a potential problem. A dryer is a precaution worth having year round, but it’s especially important when you travel.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Function
Different features work best in different settings. For instance, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at a theme park. Hearing aids have outdoor settings that can make the beach more enjoyable. You won’t know for sure what feature to take advantage of if you are not familiar with how your hearing aid works.
Bring Along a Remote Microphone
A remote microphone will be convenient in noisy settings, when driving in the car, or if you are on an airplane. If you are speaking with somebody, clip the mic to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Normally, popular vacation destinations accommodate for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that because you won’t be using your hearing aids at night. Smoke alarms which shake the bed or flash bright lights should be available. Closed caption televisions and special phones can be requested.
Traveling is fun, but it can also 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.