You make an investment when you purchase hearing aids, so take steps to keep them safe as you jet around the world. Vacations should be stress-free, but that’s not always the case. If you want one less concern, make a plan to take care of your hearing aid while on your trip. When taking a trip, are there any special measures to put in place for the safety of your hearing aids?
There Are Some Simple Things You Can do
First, you will want to bring your cleaning kit. When traveling you still should do everything you would do at home to clean your hearing aids. A brush or pick comes with most quality brand cleaning kits. When you’re not wearing them, you should put them in a case for storage. Don’t forget to bring a soft cloth to wipe them down with.
You may also need extra batteries. It’s a good idea to bring a backup set because you will probably wear your hearing aid more than you normally do. Don’t forget that replacement charger if you own a hearing aid with rechargeable batteries. From time to time things get misplaced so carry your additional charger in a different bag.
Also, make plans to bring along these other items:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
A checklist is crucial so that you can be sure you don’t forget anything you might really need. An easy to get to place should be chosen to carry your hearing aid products in. Put this stuff in your carry on bag if you are flying.
Before leaving be Certain You Get a Hearing Aid Checkup and Cleaning Done by a Hearing Aid Professional.
Your hearing aids should always be tuned up and cleaned at least one week before you leave. Properly working hearing aids will make your travels safer and much more pleasant. Ask your retailer about any warranties you may have on the hearing aids and bring any paperwork with you in case something happens. Be sure that you know the steps for filing a claim, so you don’t overlook anything and void your warranty.
It won’t hurt to ask if there is an office close to where you will be staying, too. Or research hearing aid repair or retailers by yourself. This way you know where to go if you need a quick service, a new battery or even a new hearing aid.
Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
Sometimes it is challenging to understand all of the constantly changing security requirements when you’re at the airport. When you are going through the security checkpoint, keep your hearing aids in your ear. Tell security that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. If you adhere to the officer’s instruction you probably won’t need to take them out to pass through the metal detector.
While you are on the airplane you can still keep your hearing aids in as well. Usually, you might be required to turn off cell phones and mobile devices while taking off but you can leave your hearing aids on. Be prepared because sometimes your hearing aid doesn’t work quite as well on the plane. Try to fill the void with visual indicators to the flight crew and the other people around you so they understand you can’t hear. If you can’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to let them know.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Good Idea
Vacations typically 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 prudent idea to have a way to dry out your hearing aids at night to avoid water damage. A dryer is a precaution worth having year round, but it’s especially important when you travel.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Function
Certain features work better in one kind of environment, other features work better in a different kind of environment. For example, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at an amusement 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
In noisy settings, this will come in handy. If you are talking with somebody, clip the microphone to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Normally, popular vacation spots accommodate for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be using your hearing aids at night you will want to take advantage of that. 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.