You make a financial investment when you purchase hearing aids, so take measures to keep them safe as you hit the road. Often times getaways are not as worry-free as you would like. If you would like one less concern, come up with a plan to take care of your hearing aid while on the road. When taking a trip, are there any special precautions to take for the safety of your hearing aids?
What Are The Basics
Make certain to bring a complete cleaning kit to begin. Clean your hearing aids the same as when you are at home. A brush or pick comes with the majority of quality brand cleaning kits. It’s a smart idea to bring a case for storage and a soft cleaning cloth.
Extra batteries will most likely come in handy too. You will most likely wear your hearing aid more than normal so backups are a prudent idea. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring along an additional charger, also. Your extra charger should be carried somewhere separate in case one gets misplaced.
Also, make plans to bring these other things:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Before packing up your car double check so that you may be certain that you packed everything that you may need. You never know for sure exactly when you may actually need one of your hearing aid supplies, so put them in an easily accessible place. If you are flying, for example, keep this stuff in your carry on luggage or bag.
Have Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked
One week before you go bring your hearing aids in for service. You want them functioning at their best when you travel. Ask the retailer about any warranties you may have on your devices and bring the paperwork with you just in case something happens. Educate yourself on how to file a claim or else you might miss something and you could void your warranty.
You ought to find out if there are any hearing aid retailers close to where you are staying. Then you will know where to go if you need quick service, a new battery or even a replacement hearing aid.
Wearing Hearing Aids at The Airport
Often times it can be hard to comprehend all of the changing security criteria at the airport. One thing you need to be aware of is to keep your hearing aids in while walking 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 probably won’t have to take them out as you step through the metal detector, but follow the instructions of the security agent.
It’s also not a problem if you use your hearing aids on the plane. You will not be required to turn them off before take off like you do a cell phone, either. You may discover your hearing aids won’t work quite as well on the plane, so be ready for that if it happens. Learn to fill the void by using visual hints to the flight crew and the others near you so they understand that you can’t hear. Cupping your ear, for example, indicates that you don’t understand.
Consider Getting a Dryer or Dehumidifier
Swimming and humid weather go right along with vacations. Even if you don’t plan on going swimming in a pool or going in the ocean, it is a good idea to bring a way to dry out your hearing aids at night to avoid water damage. A dryer is very important when on vacation and also year round.
Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Work
Different features work best in different environments. In a busy restaurant for instance, or at a theme park, you will want to filter out background noise. 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 come in handy in noisy environments, when driving in the car, or if you are on an airplane. You simply clip the microphone to whoever you are talking with which enhances their voice so that you can converse freely.
Notify the Hotel or Resort
Popular vacation destinations normally have accommodations 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 which 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.
Traveling is fun, but it can be crazy, too. Get your hearing aids situated before you go, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.