Summer is right around the corner, and we’re excited at the prospect of vacations and travel. It may seem daunting to travel with hearing aids, amidst the activity in airports and the unknown of a new city, but we are here to provide some tips to alleviate the stress.
Here at AZ Balance and Hearing Aids, we believe that hearing aids keep us active and connected to the world around us. Whether you are new to hearing aids, or a seasoned wearer, we’ve put together a handy guide for traveling with hearing aids.
We know you take good care of your hearing aids – but before you head off on your trip, come to visit us at our conveniently located practice for a check.
We’ll make sure that your hearing aids are in proper working order and make any necessary repairs. We also provide hearing aid cleanings. If you’ve noticed changes in your hearing aids, we will also check to make sure that your hearing aids are meeting your hearing needs and fit properly.
Rechargeable batteries are one of the best features available with some modern hearing aids. With rechargeable hearing aids, you don’t have to worry with packing a supply of batteries to last your trip.
However, remember to pack your recharging station! If you are traveling abroad, be sure to check the electrical outlets used. You will be able to find cheap electrical adaptors for your plugs to ensure that your recharging station gets the right amount of power it needs.
When packing, don’t forget to include your hearing aid cleaning supplies. You may want to bring a secure carrying case for your hearing aids, especially if you plan on taking them out to go swimming.
Remember that moisture is an enemy of your hearing aids! If you are traveling to a warm, humid climate, you may want to invest in a dehumidifying unit for your hearing aids. These units remove moisture and ensure that your hearing aids will function properly.
As you travel, you’ve noticed how loud certain spaces can be. Airports, train stations, bus stations – these spaces are always noisy with travelers and announcements over the speakers. If you feel like you’ll need an extra boost, consider investing in portable assistive listening devices.
Most new hearing aids are equipped with telecoils, which comes in handy if you are traveling through or visiting spaces that have hearing loops installed. Simply switch your hearing aids to the telecoil option and loop into clear, amplified sounds. You may find telecoil options at ticket windows or counters.
We also recommend that you sign up for text or email notifications in case of change in a flight schedule. In the hubbub of the airport, it may be easy to miss an announcement. These notifications will make sure you make it to your gate in time!
If you are staying at a resort or hotel, contact the customer service department and inquire about accessibility options for the hard of hearing. Most places will offer wake up calls, lit-up security systems for fire, or vibrating alarm clocks. There are also options to amplify sound with the TV and telephone.
If you are staying with your family or friends, be sure to communicate with your loved ones about your hearing needs. For example, if you are attending a family reunion that may be busy, tell your family to come look for you – rather than calling out your name.