Purchasing hearing aids is a financial investment so when you are setting off on a trip, take steps to safeguard them. Vacations are supposed to be hassle-free, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. Taking precautions to protect your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be stressed about when going on vacation. What safety steps should you take for your hearing aids when you go on a trip.
Start With the Basics
You’ll want a thoroughly packed cleaning kit, for one thing. Keep cleaning your hearing aids the same as when you are at home. Most good quality hearing aid brands come with or offer a specialized cleaning kit that includes a brush or pick. When you’re not using them, you should keep them in a case for storage. Also, bring a soft cloth to wipe them down.
It’s a good idea to bring along extra batteries, too. It’s a good idea to bring a backup since you will most likely wear your hearing aid more than you usually do. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring along an extra charger, also. Your extra charger should be carried somewhere separate just in case one gets lost.
Also, plan to bring along these other items:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
When loading your car up double check to be sure that you packed all the things you may need. Put your hearing aid items in an easy to get to place so that you can access them anytime. Put this stuff in your carry on bag when you are flying.
Be Certain to Get Them a Good Cleaning And Checkup
Bring your hearing aids in for a good cleaning and a professional tune-up a week or two before you go on your trip. You will want them working their best when you are traveling. You may have to take your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency servicing while on vacation so consult your retailer regarding any warranties you might have. Don’t inadvertently void the warranty by skipping something. Take some time to learn to file a claim.
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. Then it will be a lot more stress-free if you need servicing or possibly a replacement battery.
Using Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it is difficult to know all of the changing security specifications while at the airport. When you are walking through the security checkpoint, keep your hearing aids in your ear. Tell the security officer that you are wearing them as you approach so that they know ahead of time. In most cases, you probably won’t have to take them out when you go through the metal detector, but listen to the directions of the security officer.
It’s also perfectly fine to use your hearing aids on the plane. You will not need to turn them off before take off like you do a mobile device, either. You might find that your hearing aids won’t function as well on the plane, so be prepared for that possibility. Use visual indicators to let people know you might not hear as well. As an example, you can cup your ear to indicate that you don’t understand.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Good Idea
Vacations typically go right along with water fun and humidity. Even if you’re not planning to go swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is still not a potential issue. A dryer is a precaution worth having year round, but it’s particularly important when you’re traveling.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Operate
Some features work better in one kind of setting, other features work better in a different kind of setting. For example, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at an amusement park. Some have outdoor settings that will make the beach more enjoyable. You won’t know 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
A remote microphone will be convenient in noisy environments, when driving in the car, or if you are on a plane. You simply clip the microphone to the person who you are talking with which enhances their voice so that you can converse freely.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Usually, popular vacation venues accommodate for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that because you won’t be wearing your hearing aids at night. Smoke alarms that shake the bed or flash bright lights should be available. Closed caption televisions and special phones can be requested.
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.