Purchasing hearing aids is an investment so when you are setting off on vacation, take steps to protect them. Vacations should be worry-free, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. If you would like one less concern, come up with a plan to protect your hearing aid while on your trip. When heading out, are there any specific precautions to put in place for the protection of your hearing aids?
There Are Some Basics Things You Can do
Be certain to bring along a full cleaning kit to begin with. Clean your hearing aids the same way as when you are at home. A brush or pick is included with the majority of brand name cleaning kits. It’s a good idea to bring a case for storage and a soft wiping cloth.
It’s a good idea to bring extra batteries, as well. You will probably use your hearing aid more than normal so a backup set is a prudent idea. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring an additional charger, also. Your extra charger should be put somewhere separate just in case one gets lost.
Also, plan to bring along these other items:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Prior to loading your car up check twice so that you may be certain you packed everything you may need. You never know exactly when you may actually need one of your hearing aid supplies, so pack them in an easy to get at spot. Carry on luggage is the perfect spot to carry these things when you are going on a plane.
Get Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked Out
Your hearing aids should always be tuned up and cleaned at least a week before you go. You will want them working their best when you are traveling. You may need to take your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency service when you are on vacation so be sure to consult your retailer about any warranties you might have. Don’t unintentionally void your warranty by missing something. Take some time to learn to file a claim.
You should check into whether there are any hearing aid repair shops close to where you are going. This way you know where to go if you need quick service, a new battery or even a replacement hearing aid.
Some Considerations If You Are Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
With all of the changing security requirements, going to the airport is always challenging. When you are going through the security gate, wear your hearing aids. Notify security that you have a hearing aid as you approach so that they know ahead of time. If you follow the officer’s instruction you probably won’t have to take them out to go through the metal detector.
When you are on the plane you can still keep your hearing aids in as well. You will not need to turn them off before the plane takes off like you have to with a cell phone, either. When on the plane, your hearing aid may not work as well. Learn to fill the void by using visual signs to the flight crew and the other people near you so they understand you can’t hear. For instance, you can cup your ear to indicate that you can’t understand.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Water fun and humid weather go hand in hand with vacations. Even if you don’t plan on swimming in a pool or going into the ocean, it is a prudent idea to have a way to dry out your hearing aids at night to prevent water damage. A dryer is a precaution worth having all year round, but it’s especially important when you travel.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Function
Some features work better in one kind of setting, other features work better in a different kind of setting. In a busy restaurant for example, or at a theme park, you will want to filter out background noise. Some have outdoor settings that will make the beach more fun. But you have to be familiar with how your hearing aid functions if you want to utilize these features.
Bring Along a Remote Microphone
In noisy environments, this will be helpful. You simply clip the mic to whoever you are talking with to enhance their voice so that you can chat freely.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Prominent vacation destinations commonly have amenities for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that since you won’t be using your hearing aids at night. Ask them about rooms with smoke alarms that flash the lights or shake the bed. Ask if they provide special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Traveling is enjoyable, 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.