How to Protect Your Hearing Aids When on Vacation
You make an investment when you purchase hearing aids, so take steps to keep them safe and secure as you jet around the world. Vacations are supposed to be worry-free, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. If you would like one less worry, come up with a plan to protect your hearing aid while on vacation. When taking a trip, are there any special measures to put in place for the protection of your hearing aids?
Start With the Essentials
Be certain to bring a complete 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 specialty cleaning kit that contains a brush or pick. When you’re not wearing them, you should keep them in a case for storage. Don’t forget to bring a soft cleaning cloth to wipe them down.
You will probably also need extra batteries. It’s a good idea to bring a backup set because you will most likely use your hearing aid more than you usually do. Don’t overlook that extra charger if you have a hearing aid with rechargeable batteries. Your extra charger should be put somewhere separate just in case one gets lost.
These are a few other things you may want to bring along:
- Soft domes
- Sport clip
Creating a checklist is essential to be sure you don’t forget something you might need. Put your hearing aid items in an easily accessible place so that you can get at them when you need them. Carry on luggage is the best place to put these things when you are going on a plane.
Get Your Hearing Aids Professionally Cleaned and Checked Out
Take your hearing aids in for a good cleaning and a professional tune-up a week or two before your trip. While traveling it’s important that they are correctly functioning. You may need to bring your hearing aids in for emergency servicing while on vacation so be sure to consult your retailer concerning any warranties you may have. Be sure that you know how to file a claim, so you don’t neglect anything and void your warranty.
You should find out if there are any hearing aid repair shops near where you are going. Then you will 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 is difficult to know all of the changing security specifications while at the airport. When you are going through the security gate, keep your hearing aids in your ear. As you come up to the security officers, tell them that you have a hearing aid in. If you adhere to the security agent’s direction you probably won’t have to remove them to go through the metal detector.
It’s also perfectly fine to use your hearing aids on board the plane. Normally, you need to shut off cell phones and mobile devices while taking off but you can leave your hearing aids on. You might find that your hearing aids won’t function as well on the plane, so be ready for that possibility. Learn to fill the void with visual signs to the flight crew and the other people near you so they understand that you can’t hear. For instance, you can cup your ear to show that you don’t understand.
A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Smart Idea
Swimming and humidity go hand in hand with vacationing. Even if you don’t plan to go swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is still not a potential issue. A dryer is a preventative measure worth having year round, but it’s particularly important when you’re traveling.
Make Sure You Know How Your Hearing Aids Operate
Different features work best in different environments. For instance, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at a theme park. You will have more fun at the beach if you use outdoor settings. 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 Along
A remote microphone will be convenient in loud settings, when driving in the car, or if you are on a plane. When you are conversing with someone, clip the microphone to them and you will be able to hear them better.
Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel
Prominent vacation venues usually have accommodations for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be wearing your hearing aids during the night you will want to take advantage of that. Ask them about rooms with smoke alarms that flash the lights or shake the bed. Ask if they provide special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.
Vacationing is fun, but it can also be frantic, too. Get your hearing aids situated before you leave, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.