Getting hearing aids is a financial investment so when you are leaving on vacation, take steps to protect them. Often times getaways are not as free of worry as you would hope. Taking precautions to care for your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be concerned about when going on vacation. What protective measures can you take for your hearing aids when you go on a trip.
There Are Some Basics Things You Can do
Make certain to bring along a complete cleaning kit to begin. When traveling you still should do everything you would do while at home to keep your hearing aids clean. A brush or pick comes 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 case to put them in when not wearing them.
You might also need replacement batteries. It’s a good idea to bring a backup set since you will probably use your hearing aid more than you normally do. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring along an additional charger, also. Your extra charger needs to be carried somewhere separate just in case one gets lost.
Here are some other items you may want to bring:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
When packing up your car double check to be sure that you have everything that you might need. Put your hearing aid items in an easy to get to place so that you can get to them when you need them. Carry these things in your carry on luggage when you are flying.
Have Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked
Bring your hearing aids in for a good cleaning and a professional tune-up one week or two before vacation. While traveling it’s important that they are correctly functioning. You may need to bring your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency service while on vacation so ask your retailer concerning any warranties you may have. Don’t accidentally void your warranty by skipping something. Take the time to learn how to file a claim.
You should check into if there are any hearing aid retailers near where you are going. Then it will be a lot more stress-free if you need servicing or a new battery.
Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
With all the changing security requirements, going to the airport is always puzzling. One thing you should know is to keep your hearing aids in while going through the security checkpoints. Inform the security officer that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. In most cases, you will not need to take them out as you step through the metal detector, but follow the directions of the security officer.
It’s also perfectly fine to wear your hearing aids on board the plane. Normally, you might be required to shut off cell phones and mobile devices before taking off but you can leave your hearing aids on. When you’re on the plane, your hearing aid may not work as well. Use visual clues to make people aware that you may not hear as well. If you can’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to let them know.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Water fun and humidity go right along with vacations. Even if you don’t plan on going swimming, it doesn’t mean humidity is still not a potential issue. A dryer is very important while on vacation and also year round.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Function
Some features work best in one kind of setting, 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 if you use outdoor settings. You won’t know 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
In loud environments, this will be helpful. You just 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
Usually, popular vacation destinations accommodate for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that because you won’t be using your hearing aids at night. Smoke alarms which shake the bed or flash bright lights should be available. Ask if they provide 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 leave, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.