Traveling with hearing aids? Take a moment to prepare for traveling with your hearing aids so you can hear your best. Have you forgotten something? Here are some tips for easy travel with your hearing aids!
PRIOR TO TRAVEL
When was the last time you took your hearing aids in for maintenance? THE MOST COMMON reason for breakdowns is neglected maintenance!
Plan for a cleaning or maintenance before you hit the road. Schedule this in advance of your trip. Make you’re your hearing aids are in good condition and working well before you leave town.
Rechargeable hearing aids need equipment. Be sure to pack your charging station. Make sure you have the proper electrical adapter if leaving the country so you can recharge your hearing aids!
Battery powered hearing aids need a good supply of batteries. Make sure you’ve got enough so you don’t get stuck. Take an extra package just in case!
Accessories and cleaning equipment are important to keep hearing aids working well so you hear well! Don’t forget your storage case and cleaning brush. Be sure to pack your TV device and vibrating alarm clock if you use it at home.
ON YOUR WAY
Some airports and public transportation are equipped to assist the hard of hearing. Check their websites prior to travel.
Print your tickets, directions and itinerary so you have a hard copy and know what to expect at each stop. Saves struggling to hear unfamiliar directions.
You may have difficulty hearing announcements. Set up your phone to receive alerts or texts regarding schedule changes.
Make sure your hearing aids are fully charged and/or have fresh batteries.
Staying at a hotel? Be sure to notify the staff of your hearing needs. Hotels in the US are required to provide accommodations for individuals with hearing loss. Read more here. This is important for emergencies! They may also offer wake-up calls, amplified phones or vibrating alarm clocks to assist you.
Staying at home? Be sure to tell your family what helps you. Bring your TV device so that you can enjoy watching together! Keep your hearing aids stored in their case and away from family pets so they don’t chew them up.
Here’s to hearing your best on your travels!
Dr. Anita Carroll is a licensed Audiologist and owner of Hearing Solutions in the Triangle, PLLC with over 25 years of experience. Need some pre-travel maintenance on your hearing aids? Visit our online scheduling here. We are trained to keep your hearing healthy and make traveling with hearing loss easy for you!