When traveling to your favorite getaway you will need to take steps to safeguard your hearing aid investment. Vacations are supposed to be stress-free, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. Taking precautions to protect your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be concerned about while going on vacation. What protective steps should you take for your hearing aids when you go on a trip.
There Are Some Simple Things You Can do
First, you will need to pack your cleaning kit. When vacationing you still should do all of the things you do while at home to keep your hearing aids clean. A brush or pick is included with most quality brand cleaning kits. It’s a smart idea to bring a carrying case for storage and a soft wiping cloth.
Extra batteries will most likely be a good idea also. It’s not a bad idea to bring along a backup set because you will most likely wear your hearing aid more than you normally do. Don’t overlook that replacement charger if you have a hearing aid with rechargeable batteries. Put your chargers in separate places in case one gets lost.
Also, make plans to bring these other items:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Before packing your car up double check so that you may be certain you packed all the things you may need. An easy to access spot should be selected to pack your hearing aid products in. Keep these things in your carry on luggage when you are flying.
Get Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked
Take your hearing aids in for a cleaning and tune-up one week or two before you go on your trip. Properly functioning hearing aids will make traveling safer and more enjoyable. Ask your retailer about any warranties you have on your hearing aids and take the paperwork with you in case something goes wrong. Educate yourself on how to file a claim otherwise you may miss something and you could void the warranty.
It won’t hurt to find out if there is a retailer around where you will be staying, too. Or look up hearing aid repair or retailers on your own. Then you will know where to go if you need a quick service, a new battery or even a replacement hearing aid.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Considering all of the changing security specifications, going to the airport is often puzzling. When you are walking through the security checkpoint, wear your hearing aids. Tell the security officer that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. If you follow the security agent’s direction you probably won’t need to remove them to pass through the metal detector.
When you are on the plane you can still keep your hearing aids in your ears as well. Usually, you may need to shut off cell phones and mobile devices before taking off but you can leave your hearing aids on. Be prepared because sometimes your hearing aid doesn’t work as well when you’re on the plane. If you are having trouble hearing, use visual hints to let people know. As an example, you can cup your ear to indicate that you can’t understand.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Vacations usually go right along with swimming and humidity. Even if you don’t plan on going swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is not still a potential issue. A dryer is a precaution worth having year round, but it’s especially important when you travel.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Function
Certain features work better in one kind of environment, other features work better in a different kind of environment. In a busy restaurant for instance, or at a theme park, you will need 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 use if you are not familiar with how your hearing aid works.
A Remote Microphone is a Good Thing to Bring Along
In loud settings, this will be helpful. You just clip the mic to the person who you are talking with to enhance their voice so that you can talk freely.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Commonly, popular vacation venues accommodate for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that because you won’t be wearing your hearing aids at night. Ask them about rooms with smoke alarms that flash the lights or shake the bed. Closed caption televisions and special phones can be requested.
Vacationing is enjoyable, but it can also be crazy, too. Get your hearing aids situated before you leave, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.