Purchasing hearing aids is an investment so when you are leaving on a trip, take steps to safeguard them. Vacations are supposed to be worry-free, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. Making arrangements to care for your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be concerned about when going on vacation. What kind of specific care do your hearing aids require when you are on the road?
What Are The Basics
Make sure to bring along a complete cleaning kit to start with. Everything you do while at home to clean your hearing aids, you’ll need to do when you go on vacation. Most good quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a specialized cleaning kit that contains a brush or pick. You should also bring a soft dry cloth to wipe the surface down and a carrying case to store them in when you are not wearing them.
It’s a prudent idea to bring along extra batteries, too. It’s not a bad idea to bring a backup because you will most likely wear your hearing aid more than you typically do. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring an additional charger, as well. Your additional charger needs to be carried somewhere separate in case one gets lost.
Consider what additional accessories you may want for your hearing aids including:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Put together a list of all the things you use when you’re at home before you leave and check twice to be certain that you have everything with you before you load up your car. Pack your hearing aid supplies in an easily accessible place to be sure that you can access them when you need them. Carry on luggage is the perfect spot to keep these items when you are going on a plane.
Have Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked Out
Bring your hearing aids in for a cleaning and a professional tune-up a week or two before vacation. You will want them working their best when you are traveling. You may have to bring your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency service while on vacation so be sure to consult your retailer concerning any warranties you might have. Don’t unintentionally void the warranty by skipping something. Take some time to learn how to file a claim.
It won’t hurt to find out if there is an office close to where you will be staying, too. Or look up hearing aid repair or retailers on your own. This will make it a lot more convenient if you need servicing or maybe a replacement battery.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Considering all of the changing security criteria, going to the airport is always perplexing. When you are walking through the security checkpoint, keep your hearing aids in your ear. Notify the security officer that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. If you adhere to the officer’s direction you probably won’t need to remove them to walk through the metal detector.
When you are on the aircraft you can still keep your hearing aids in your ears as well. In most cases, you might be required to turn off cell phones and mobile devices when taking off but you can leave your hearing aids on. Be ready because sometimes your hearing aid doesn’t work as well on the plane. Learn to fill the void by using visual hints to the flight attendant and the others around you so they understand you can’t hear. For example, you can cup your ear to indicate that you can’t understand.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Water fun and humidity go hand in hand with vacationing. Even if you’re not planning to go swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is not still a potential issue. A dryer is a preventative measure worth having year round, but it’s particularly important when you’re traveling.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Function
Different features work best in different settings. For instance, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at an amusement park. Hearing aids have outdoor settings that can make the beach more enjoyable. 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
A remote microphone will come in handy in loud environments, when driving in the car, or if you are on a plane. If 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
Normally, popular vacation destinations 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 that shake the bed or flash bright lights should be available. Ask if they have special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Going on vacation is enjoyable, but it can be crazy, too. Deal with your hearing aids before you leave, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.