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How to Protect Your Hearing Aids When on Vacation

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When traveling to your favorite destination you should take steps to protect your hearing aids. Sometimes vacations are not as worry-free as you would hope. Taking precautions to care for your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be concerned about while going on vacation. What safety measures should you take for your hearing aids when you go on a trip.

There Are Some Basics Things You Can do

Make sure to bring along a full cleaning kit to begin with. Anything you do at home to keep your hearing aids clean, you’ll want to do while you travel. Almost all good quality brands come with or offer a special cleaning kit that includes a brush or pick. When you’re not using them, you need to put them in a case for storage. Also, bring a soft cleaning cloth to wipe them down with.

It’s a good idea to bring along extra batteries, too. It’s not a bad idea to bring a backup set because you will most likely wear your hearing aid more than you typically do. If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, bring along an additional charger, as well. Your extra charger should be put somewhere separate in case one gets misplaced.

Also, plan to bring these other things:

  • Tubing
  • Soft domes
  • Sport clip

Creating a checklist is crucial so that you can be certain that you don’t forget anything you might really need. An easy to get at place should be chosen to carry your hearing aid items in. Keep these things in your carry on bag when you are flying.

Make Sure You Get Them Cleaned And Checked

Your hearing aids really should be professionally tuned and cleaned at least one week before you go. You will want them functioning at their best when you are traveling. You may need to bring your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency servicing when you are on vacation so consult your retailer about any warranties you may have. Be sure that you know how to file a claim, so you don’t neglect anything and void the warranty.

It won’t hurt to find out if there is a retailer close to where you will be staying, as well. Or research hearing aid repair or retailers by yourself. If you need a new battery or some repairs, you will be able to bring it right in.

Using Hearing Aids at The Airport

Considering all the changing security requirements, going to the airport is always puzzling. One thing you should know is to wear your hearing aids while going through the security checkpoints. 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 remove them when you walk through the metal detector, but listen to the instructions of the security officer.

It’s also not a problem if you wear your hearing aids aboard the plane. You will not need to turn them off before the plane takes off like you do a mobile device, either. You may notice your hearing aids don’t work quite as well on the plane, so be ready for that possibility. If you are having trouble hearing, use visual hints to let people know. When you don’t understand what someone is saying, try cupping your ear to let them know.

A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Smart Idea

Vacations usually go right along with water fun and humidity. Even if you aren’t planning on swimming in a pool or going in the ocean, it is a prudent idea to have a way to dry out your hearing aids during the night to protect against water damage. A dryer is a preventative measure worth having all year round, but it’s particularly important when you’re traveling.

Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Function

Certain features work best in one kind of environment, 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 an amusement park. 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 take advantage of these features.

A Remote Microphone is a Good Thing to Bring Along

In loud environments, this will be helpful. You just clip the microphone to the person who you are talking with which enhances their voice so that you can talk freely.

Notify the Hotel or Resort

Prominent vacation venues normally have accommodations for the hearing impaired. You’ll want to take advantage of that since you won’t be wearing your hearing aids at night. Smoke alarms that shake the bed or have flashing lights should be available. Ask if they provide special phones for the hearing impaired and televisions with closed captioning.

Traveling is enjoyable, but it can also be crazy, 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.

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