When traveling to your favorite destination you should put steps in place to safeguard your hearing aid investment. Sometimes vacations are not as worry-free as you would like. Making arrangements to take care of your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be stressed about while traveling. What kind of special handling do your hearing aids need while you are on vacation?
Start With the Essentials
You’ll need a thoroughly packed cleaning kit, to begin with. Everything you do at home to clean your hearing aids, you’ll need to do while you travel. Almost all quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a specialty cleaning kit that includes a brush or pick. When you’re not using them, you need to keep them in a case for safekeeping. Also, bring a soft cloth to wipe them down with.
You will probably also need extra batteries. Odds are you’ll be putting in your hearing aids longer than usual, so it’s smart to bring a backup. Don’t forget that extra charger if you have a hearing aid that has rechargeable batteries. Your additional charger should be put somewhere separate in case one gets misplaced.
Here are a few other things you should bring along:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Creating a checklist is important to be certain that you haven’t forgotten anything you might really need. You never know when you might need one of your hearing aid supplies, so pack them in an easy to get at place. When you are taking a plane, for example, carry these items in your carry on luggage or bag.
Be Certain to Get Them Cleaned And Checked
Your hearing aids really should be tuned up and cleaned at least a week before you leave. While traveling it’s necessary that they are properly functioning. You may have to take your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency service when you are on vacation so consult your retailer concerning any warranties you may have. Don’t accidentally void your warranty by missing something. Take the time to learn to file a claim.
You ought to find out if there are any hearing aid retailers close to where you are going. This will make it a lot more convenient if you require servicing or a new battery.
Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
With all the changing security criteria, going to the airport is often confusing. When you are going through the security checkpoint, keep your hearing aids in your ear. Inform security that you have a hearing aid as you approach so that they know ahead of time. In most cases, you will not have to take them out when you go through the metal detector, but listen to the instructions of the security agent.
It’s also perfectly fine to wear your hearing aids aboard the plane. You will not need to turn them off before take off like you do a cell phone, either. When on the plane, your hearing aid might not work as well. Try to fill the void with visual signs to the flight attendant and the other people around you so they understand you can’t hear. Cupping your ear, for example, sends a signal that you can’t understand.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Vacations typically go right along with swimming and humidity. Even if you don’t plan on going swimming in a pool or going into the ocean, it is a smart idea to have a way to dry out your hearing aids during the night to prevent water damage. A dryer is a precaution worth having year round, but it’s particularly important when you’re traveling.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Operate
Different features work better in different settings. In a crowded restaurant for example, or at a theme park, you will want 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.
Bring a Remote Microphone
A remote microphone will come in handy in noisy settings, when driving in the car, or if you are on a plane. You just clip the microphone to the person who you are talking with to enhance their voice so that you can talk freely.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Popular vacation venues normally have amenities for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that because you won’t be wearing your hearing aids at night. Smoke alarms that shake the bed or have flashing lights should be available to you. Closed caption televisions and special phones can be requested.
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.