You make an investment when you purchase hearing aids, so take measures to keep them safe as you hit the road. It would be great if all vacations were stress-free, but sadly, that’s often not the case. If you would like one less worry, come up with a plan to protect your hearing aid while on your trip. When vacationing, are there any specific precautions to take for the safety of your hearing aids?
There Are Some Basics Things You Can do
You’ll need a thoroughly packed cleaning kit, to begin with. When traveling you still need to do everything you would do while at home to clean your hearing aids. Most good quality brands come with or offer a special cleaning kit that includes a brush or pick. When you’re not using them, you should keep them in a case for storage. Don’t forget to bring along a soft cleaning cloth to wipe them down with.
You may also need replacement batteries. You will probably use your hearing aid more than usual so backups are a prudent idea. Don’t forget that replacement charger if you have a hearing aid that has rechargeable batteries. Your replacement charger should be carried somewhere separate in case one gets misplaced.
These are some other things you should bring along:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Prior to packing up your car double check to be sure you have everything that you may need. You never know for sure exactly when you may need one of your hearing aid supplies, so put them in an easy to get at spot. Carry on luggage is the best place to keep these items when you are going on a plane.
Have Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked
Take your hearing aids in for a good cleaning and tune-up a week or two before you go on vacation. Properly working hearing aids will make traveling safer and much more enjoyable. Ask your retailer about any warranties you have on your hearing aids and bring any paperwork with you just in case something goes wrong. Make sure that you know the steps for filing a claim, so you don’t miss something and possibly void the warranty.
It won’t hurt to find out if there is a retailer close to where you will be staying, also. Or research hearing aid repair or retailers on your own. This will make it a lot more convenient if you need repairs or a new battery.
Some Considerations If You Are Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it can be hard to comprehend all of the changing security specifications at the airport. When you are walking through the security checkpoint, wear your hearing aids. As you approach the security officers, let them know that you have a hearing aid in. If you follow the security agent’s direction you probably won’t need to remove them to go through the metal detector.
When you are on the aircraft you can still keep your hearing aids in your ears as well. You will not need to turn them off before the plane takes off like you have to with a cell phone, either. Be ready because sometimes your hearing aid won’t work as well when you’re on the plane. Try to compensate by using visual hints to the flight crew and the other people around you so they understand that you can’t hear. When you don’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to let them know.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Water fun and humidity go hand in hand with vacations. Just because you’re not planning to go swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is not still a potential issue. A dryer is really important while on vacation and also all year round.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Operate
Certain features work better in one kind of environment, other features work better in a different kind of environment. For instance, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at an amusement park. Some have outdoor settings that will make the beach more enjoyable. But you have to be familiar with how your hearing aid works if you want to utilize these features.
Bring a Remote Microphone
In noisy settings, this will be helpful. You simply clip the mic 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 destinations commonly have amenities for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that because you won’t be using your hearing aids at night. Smoke alarms that shake the bed or flash bright lights should be available to you. Find out if they provide special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Going on vacation is fun, but it can also be frantic, 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.