Getting hearing aids is a financial investment so when you are setting off on vacation, take precautions to protect them. Sometimes getaways are not as worry-free as you would like. Making arrangements to take care of your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be concerned about while traveling. When vacationing, are there any special measures to put in place for the protection of your hearing aids?
What Are The Basics
You’ll want a thoroughly packed cleaning kit, to begin with. Clean your hearing aids the same way as when you are at home. Most good quality brands come with or offer a specialized cleaning kit that contains a brush or pick. When you’re not using them, you need to keep them in a case for storage. Also, bring along a soft cleaning cloth to wipe them down with.
You might also need replacement batteries. You will probably wear your hearing aid more than normal so a backup set is a prudent idea. If your hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries, bring along an additional charger, also. Carry your chargers in separate bags in case one gets misplaced.
Also, make plans to bring these other things:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Prior to packing up your car double check so that you may be certain that you have all the things you may need. An easy to get at spot should be selected to pack your hearing aid supplies in. Carry on luggage is the perfect spot to carry these items if you are going on a plane.
Make Sure You Get Them a Good Cleaning And Checkup
A week prior to going bring your hearing aids in for an expert tune-up. While traveling it’s necessary that they are properly functioning. You may have to take your hearing aids in for emergency servicing when you are on vacation so be sure to consult your retailer regarding any warranties you may 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 a retailer close to where you will be staying, as well. Or research hearing aid repair or retailers on your own. This way you know where to go if you need quick service, a new battery or even a replacement hearing aid.
Some Considerations If You Are Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it is difficult to understand all of the changing security criteria while at the airport. When you are going through the security gate, keep your hearing aids in your ear. Inform security that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. most of the time, you will not have to take them out as you walk through the metal detector, but adhere to the directions of the security officer.
When you are on the plane you can still keep your hearing aids in as well. You will not be required to turn them off before the plane takes off like you have to with a mobile device, either. You may notice your hearing aids don’t function quite as well on the plane, so be prepared for that possibility. Try to fill the void with visual clues to the flight attendant and the other people around you so they understand you can’t hear. When you don’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to make them aware.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Vacations usually go right along with water fun and humidity. Even if you don’t plan on going swimming, it doesn’t mean humidity is still not a potential problem. A dryer is really important while on vacation and also year round.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Function
Certain features work best in one kind of setting, other features work better in a different kind of environment. For instance, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at a theme park. Some have outdoor settings that will 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.
Bring Along a Remote Microphone
A remote microphone will come in handy in loud settings, when driving in the car, or if you are on a plane. You simply clip the mic to the person who you are talking with which enhances their voice so that you can chat freely.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Commonly, popular vacation destinations accommodate for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be using your hearing aids at night you will want to take advantage of that. Smoke alarms that shake the bed or have flashing lights should be available. Find out if they have special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Vacationing is enjoyable, but it can be frantic, 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.