You make an investment when you buy hearing aids, so take steps to keep them safe and secure as you hit the road. It would be nice if all trips were worry-free, but sadly, that’s not always the case. If you want one less worry, come up with a plan to protect your hearing aid while on vacation. What kind of special handling do your hearing aids require when you are on the road?
There Are Some Basics Things You Can do
First of all, you will need to pack your cleaning kit. Anything you do while at home to clean your hearing aids, you’ll want to do while you go on vacation. Most good quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a specialized cleaning kit that offers a brush or pick. When you’re not using them, you need to put them in a case for safekeeping. Don’t forget to bring a soft cloth to wipe them down with.
It’s a smart idea to bring extra batteries, as well. Chances are you’ll be using your hearing aids longer than normal, so it’s good to have a backup. Don’t forget about that replacement charger if you have a hearing aid with rechargeable batteries. Carry your chargers in separate bags in case one gets misplaced.
Also, make plans to bring these other items:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
When loading your car up check twice to be sure you packed all the things you might need. An easy to access spot should be selected to pack your hearing aid supplies in. If you are flying, for example, keep this stuff in your carry on luggage or bag.
Before leaving be Certain You Get a Hearing Aid Checkup and Cleaning Done by a Professional.
Your hearing aids should be tuned up and cleaned at least a week before you go. Properly functioning hearing aids will make traveling safer and more enjoyable. Ask your retailer about any warranties you have on the hearing aids and bring the 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 anything and possibly void your warranty.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is an office close to where you will be staying, too. Or look up hearing aid repair or retailers by yourself. If you require a new battery or maybe even some repairs, it will be possible to bring it right in.
Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
With all the changing security requirements, going to the airport is often perplexing. When you are walking through the security gate, keep your hearing aids in your ear. Tell security that you have a hearing aid as you approach so that they know ahead of time. In most cases, you probably won’t need to remove them when you go through the metal detector, but listen to the directions of the security agent.
You are also free to use your hearing aids on the airplane. Normally, you might need to shut off cell phones and mobile devices while taking off but you can leave your hearing aids on. When on the plane, your hearing aid may not work as well. If you are having trouble hearing, use visual indicators to let people know. For example, you can cup your ear to show that you can’t understand.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Good Idea
Swimming and humidity go right along with vacations. Just because you don’t plan to go swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is still not a potential problem. A dryer is a precaution worth having all year round, but it’s particularly important when you travel.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Function
Different features work better in different settings. For example, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at a theme park. You will have more fun at the beach if you use outdoor settings. But you have to be familiar with how your hearing aid operates if you want to take advantage of these features.
Bring Along a Remote Microphone
A remote microphone will be convenient in noisy settings, when driving in the car, or if you are on an airplane. If you are chatting with somebody, clip the microphone to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Usually, popular vacation spots accommodate for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be using your hearing aids during the night you will want to take advantage of that. Smoke alarms which shake the bed or flash bright lights should be available. Closed caption televisions and special phones can be requested.
Vacationing 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.