You make a financial investment when you buy hearing aids, so take steps to keep them safe as you jet around the world. Vacations should be hassle-free, but that’s not always the case. If you plan ahead to take care of and safeguard your hearing aids correctly, that’s one less thing to worry about while you travel. What kind of specific care do your hearing aids require while you are on your trip?
There Are Some Simple Things You Can do
First of all, you will want to bring your cleaning kit. When going on vacation you still need to do everything you do at home to keep your hearing aids clean. Most good quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a specialty cleaning kit that offers a brush or pick. It’s a prudent idea to have a carrying case for storage and a soft cleaning cloth.
It’s a good strategy to bring extra batteries, too. It’s a good idea to bring a backup since you will probably use your hearing aid more than you usually do. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring along an extra charger, as well. Your extra charger should be put somewhere separate in case one gets lost.
Also, make plans to bring along these other things:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Prior to loading up your car double check so that you may be certain you have everything that you might need. An easy to get to spot should be selected to put your hearing aid items in. Carry these things in your carry on bag if you are flying.
Get Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked
One week prior to going bring your hearing aids in for an expert tune-up. You want them working their best while you travel. Ask the retailer about any warranties you may have on your hearing aids and take any paperwork with you just in case something goes wrong. Don’t accidentally void the warranty by skipping something. Take the time to learn to file a claim.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is a retailer near where you will be staying, also. Or research hearing aid repair or retailers on your own. This will make it a lot more stress-free if you need repairs or possibly a new battery.
Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
Considering all the changing security requirements, going to the airport is often confusing. When you are walking through the security checkpoint, keep your hearing aids in your ear. As you approach the security officers, tell them that you are wearing a hearing aid. If you listen to the officer’s direction you most likely won’t need to take them out to go through the metal detector.
You are also allowed to use your hearing aids aboard the plane. In most cases, you need to turn off cell phones and mobile devices when taking off but you can leave your hearing aids on. Be ready because sometimes your hearing aid won’t work as well when you’re on the plane. If you are having a hard time hearing, use visual signs to let people know. Cupping your ear, for example, indicates that you can’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 all year round, but it’s especially important when you’re traveling.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Work
Certain features work better in one kind of environment, other features work better in a different kind of environment. 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 works if you want to utilize these features.
A Remote Microphone is a Good Thing to Bring
A remote microphone will be convenient in noisy settings, when driving in the car, or if you are on a plane. If you are talking with somebody, clip the mic to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Popular vacation venues usually have accommodations for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that since you won’t be wearing your hearing aids at night. Smoke alarms that shake the bed or flash bright lights should be available. Find out if they provide 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 go, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.