You make an investment when you purchase hearing aids, so take measures to keep them safe as you hit the road. Often times vacations are not as worry-free as you would wish. Taking precautions to protect your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be stressed about while going on vacation. When vacationing, are there any specific steps to put in place for the protection of your hearing aids?
What Are The Basics
Make certain to bring a complete cleaning kit to begin with. When going on vacation you still need to do everything you would do at home to keep your hearing aids clean. A brush or pick is included with the majority of quality brand cleaning kits. You will also want to pack a soft dry cloth to wipe the surface down and a carrying case to keep them in when not wearing them.
You will probably also need replacement batteries. You will most likely wear your hearing aid more than normal so backups are a good idea. Don’t forget that extra charger if you own a hearing aid that has rechargeable batteries. Your additional charger needs to be put somewhere separate just in case one gets misplaced.
Also, plan to bring these other things:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Create a checklist of everything you use at home before leaving and double check to be certain you have everything with you before you pack up the car. You never know for sure exactly when you may need one of your hearing aid supplies, so pack them in an easy to get at spot. When you are taking a plane, for example, keep these items in your carry on luggage or bag.
Have Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked
Your hearing aids really should be tuned up and cleaned at least one week before you leave. Properly functioning hearing aids will make traveling safer and much more pleasant. You may have to bring your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency servicing while on vacation so be sure to ask your retailer about any warranties you may have. Educate yourself on how to file a claim or else you may miss something and you could void your warranty.
You should find out if there are any hearing aid repair shops near where you are staying. This way you know where to go if you need quick service, a new battery or even a new hearing aid.
Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it can be hard to know all of the changing security criteria while at the airport. The first thing you need to be aware of is to wear your hearing aids while going through the security checkpoints. Notify security that you have a hearing aid as you approach so that they know ahead of time. In most cases, you will not need to take them out as you walk through the metal detector, but adhere to the directions of the security officer.
You are also allowed to use your hearing aids on board the airplane. Normally, you need to shut off cell phones and mobile devices when taking off but your hearing aid can stay on. Be ready because sometimes your hearing aid won’t work as well when you’re on the plane. Learn to fill the void by using visual clues to the flight crew and the other people near you so they understand you can’t hear. Cupping your ear, for instance, sends a signal that you can’t understand.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Smart Idea
Vacations often go hand in hand with water fun and humidity. Even if you don’t plan on going swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is not still a potential problem. A dryer is a precaution worth having year round, but it’s especially important when you’re traveling.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Work
Certain features work better in one kind of environment, other features work better in a different kind of setting. For instance, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at an amusement 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 use these features.
Bring Along a Remote Microphone
A remote microphone will be convenient in loud settings, when driving in the car, or if you are on an airplane. You just clip the mic to the person who you are talking with which enhances their voice so that you can chat freely.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Usually, popular vacation spots accommodate for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be wearing your hearing aids at night you will want to take advantage of that. Smoke alarms that shake the bed or flash bright lights should be available. Find out if they have special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Vacationing is fun, but it can also be crazy, too. Deal with your hearing aids before you go, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.