When venturing out to your favorite destination you should take steps to safeguard your hearing aid investment. Vacations should be worry-free, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. If you would like one less concern, make a plan to take care of your hearing aid while on your trip. What kind of specific handling do your hearing aids need when you are on vacation?
What Are The Basics
First, you will need to pack a cleaning kit. Everything you do at home to keep your hearing aids clean, you’ll need to do while you travel. Almost all quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a specialized cleaning kit that offers a brush or pick. You should also bring a soft dry cloth to wipe the surface down and a case to put them in when not wearing them.
You might also need extra batteries. It’s a good idea to bring a backup since you will probably wear your hearing aid more than you usually do. Don’t forget that replacement charger if you own a hearing aid with rechargeable batteries. Every now and then items get misplaced so put your replacement charger in a separate bag.
Start thinking about what extra accessories you might want for your hearing aids such as:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
A checklist is essential so that you can be sure that you don’t forget anything you may need. Pack your hearing aid items in an easy to get to spot so that you can get to them when you need them. Carry on luggage is the best place to put these things if you are flying on a plane.
Before leaving be Sure You Get a Hearing Aid Checkup and Cleaning Done by a Hearing Aid Professional.
Take your hearing aids in for a cleaning and tune-up a week or two before you go on vacation. When traveling it’s necessary that they are correctly functioning. You may have to take your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency servicing when you are on vacation so ask your retailer regarding any warranties you might have. Don’t inadvertently void the warranty by skipping something. Take the time to learn how to file a claim.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is an office around where you will be staying, too. Or research hearing aid repair or retailers by yourself. This way you know where to go if you need a quick service, a new battery or even a replacement hearing aid.
Some Considerations When You Are Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
Sometimes it is difficult to understand all of the changing security specifications at the airport. One thing you should know is to keep your hearing aids in while walking through the security checkpoints. As you come up to the security officers, tell them that you are wearing a hearing aid. In most cases, you will not have to take them out when you step through the metal detector, but adhere to the directions of the security officer.
It’s also perfectly fine to use your hearing aids aboard the plane. Normally, you be required to shut off cell phones and mobile devices while taking off but your hearing aid can stay on. Be ready because sometimes your hearing aid won’t work quite as well on the plane. If you are having trouble hearing, use visual signs to let people know. If you can’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to make them aware.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Vacations often go right along with swimming and humidity. Even if you aren’t planning on swimming in a pool or going in the ocean, it is a prudent idea to bring a way to dry out your hearing aids during the night to avoid water damage. A dryer is a preventative measure worth having year round, but it’s especially important when you travel.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Operate
Different features work best in different settings. 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 when you use outdoor settings. You can’t know 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 Along
In loud environments, this will come in handy. When you are speaking with someone, clip the microphone to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Popular vacation destinations commonly have amenities for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be wearing your hearing aids at night you will want to take advantage of that. 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.
Going on vacation is enjoyable, but it can 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.