Getting hearing aids is a financial investment so when you are setting off on vacation, take precautions to protect them. It would be great if all vacations were stress-free, but sadly, that’s often not the case. If you plan ahead to take care of and safeguard your hearing aids properly, that’s one less thing to stress about while you travel. What protective measures can you take for your hearing aids when you go on a trip.
What Are The Basics
Make certain to bring a full cleaning kit to start with. Everything you do while at home to clean your hearing aids, you’ll need to do while you go on vacation. A brush or pick is included with the majority of quality brand cleaning kits. You should also bring a soft dry cloth to wipe the surface down and a case to store them in when you are not wearing them.
It’s a good idea to bring along replacement batteries, as well. It’s not a bad idea to bring along a backup set since you will probably use your hearing aid more than you normally do. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring along an additional charger, also. Every now and then items get lost so carry your extra charger in a separate bag.
Give consideration to some additional components you may need for your hearing aids like:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Put together a list of everything you use at home prior to leaving and check twice to ensure that you have everything with you before you pack up your automobile. An easy to get at place should be chosen to pack your hearing aid supplies in. Carry on luggage is the best place to put these things if you are flying on a plane.
Be Certain to Get Them a Good Cleaning And Checkup
Take your hearing aids in for a cleaning and tune-up one week or two before vacation. Properly functioning hearing aids will make traveling safer and more enjoyable. You may have to take your hearing aids in for emergency service when you are on vacation so ask your retailer concerning any warranties you may have. Don’t unintentionally void your warranty by skipping something. Take the time to learn how to file a claim.
You should check into if there are any hearing aid repair shops near where you are going. If you require a replacement battery or maybe even some repairs, you will be able to bring it right in.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it can be difficult to comprehend all of the changing security requirements when you’re at the airport. The first thing you should know is to wear your hearing aids while walking through the security checkpoints. As you come up to the security officers, tell them that you have a hearing aid in. In most cases, you probably won’t need to remove them as you walk through the metal detector, but listen to the instructions of the security agent.
It’s also not a problem if you use your hearing aids aboard the plane. Normally, you might need 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. When you don’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to make them aware.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Water fun and humid weather go right along with vacationing. Just because you’re not planning on going swimming, it doesn’t mean humidity is still not a potential issue. A dryer is really important when on vacation and also all year round.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Operate
Some features work best in one kind of environment, other features work better in a different kind of setting. For instance, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at a theme park. You will get more enjoyment out of the beach when 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.
A Remote Microphone is a Good Thing to Bring Along
A remote microphone will come in handy in noisy settings, when driving in the car, or if you are on an airplane. 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
Commonly, popular vacation destinations accommodate for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be wearing your hearing aids during the 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 fun, 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.