Getting hearing aids is a financial investment so when you are setting off on a trip, take steps to protect them. It would be nice if all getaways were worry-free, but sadly, that’s often not the way it goes. If you want one less worry, come up with a plan to take care of your hearing aid while on the road. What protective measures should you take for your hearing aids when you go on vacation.
Start With the Essentials
First of all, you will want to pack a cleaning kit. Everything you do at home to keep your hearing aids clean, you’ll need to do when you travel. Almost all good quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a specialized cleaning kit that includes a brush or pick. It’s a prudent idea to bring a case for storage and a soft cleaning cloth.
Replacement batteries will most likely be a good idea as well. You will most likely use your hearing aid more than usual so a backup set is a good idea. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring along an additional charger, too. Your replacement charger needs to be carried somewhere separate just in case one gets lost.
Consider what additional components you will probably need for your hearing aids like:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Make a list of everything you use when you’re at home prior to leaving and check twice to make sure you’ve got everything you need with you before you pack up the vehicle. Pack your hearing aid items in an easy to get to spot to be sure that you can get to them when you need them. When you are taking a plane, for instance, carry these items in your carry on luggage or bag.
Make Sure You Get Them Cleaned And Checked
Bring your hearing aids in for a cleaning and a professional tune-up a week or two before vacation. When traveling it’s necessary that they are correctly working. You may have to bring your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency service when you are on vacation so be sure to ask your retailer concerning any warranties you might have. Learn how to file a claim otherwise you might miss something and you could void your warranty.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is an office near 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 new hearing aid.
Some Considerations When You Are Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it can be hard to know all of the changing security requirements while at the airport. When you are walking through the security checkpoint, keep your hearing aids in your ear. As you approach the security officers, tell them that you have a hearing aid in. If you adhere to the officer’s instruction you most likely won’t have to remove them to walk through the metal detector.
It’s also perfectly fine to use your hearing aids on board the plane. You will not be required to turn them off before take off like you do a cell phone, either. You might notice your hearing aids won’t work as well on the plane, so be ready for that possibility. If you are having trouble hearing, use visual signs to let people know. Cupping your ear, for example, indicates that you can’t understand.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Good Idea
Vacations often go right along with water fun and humidity. Even if you don’t plan on going swimming in a pool or going in the ocean, it is a smart idea to have a way to dry out your hearing aids during the night to avoid water damage. 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 environments. In a crowded restaurant for example, or at an amusement park, you will want to filter out background noise. You will get more enjoyment out of the beach if you use outdoor settings. You can’t know what feature to use if you are not familiar with how your hearing aid works.
Bring a Remote Microphone
A remote microphone will come in handy in loud environments, when driving in the car, or if you are on a plane. When you are chatting with somebody, clip the mic to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Prominent vacation destinations normally 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. Ask them about rooms with smoke alarms that have flashing lights or shake the bed. Closed caption televisions and special phones can be requested.
Vacationing is enjoyable, 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.