The Spring weather has brought the heat faster than usual this year and not only does this mean that we are smelling the early spring blooms and getting outside more than ever, but we are starting to plan our summer vacations! Whether you are planning to fly or drive, it’s important to be prepared with all the gear to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. Of course, if you have hearing loss, there are a few more things to take into account. The good news is that we’ve already done the extra planning for you. Here are some essential tips to make sure you are ready to go and hear your best the whole time.
Remember the Essentials
If you use hearing aids, then it’s likely you can’t imagine traveling without them, let alone leaving your home without them for the day! However, it’s important to plan for all sorts of potential events so you know just what to do in the case of a small emergency. Here are some of the most essential things to remember to ensure that your hearing aids can do what they are supposed to do, no matter where you go.
- Pack extra batteries: When traveling the days often seem longer than they normally are when we are in our routine. Chances are that you will be out longer, which can put added stress on your batteries. You know about how many batteries you’ll need for the week when you are in your normal routine, but make sure to pack extra for your trip.
- Dryer/dehumidifier: If you are going somewhere more humid than what you are used to, where you are sure to sweat, it’s always a good idea to pack a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. The tiny electronic connections of your hearing aids are at risk of short circuit if they get too damp rendering them useless.
- Charging station and charging cable: Today more and more hearing aids use rechargeable batteries. This kind of setup is incredibly convenient, but just imagine what would happen if your charging port became lost, damaged or stolen! Make sure to pack a backup charging station in a separate bag just in case! It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Tips for Flying with Hearing Aids
If your next adventure is accessed by plane, we’ve got all the tips, so you’ll be comfortable and prepared!
- Wear your hearing aids when you fly. You want to be alert on the airplane and in the airport so make sure you have your hearing aid as well as power sources such as extra batteries or a charger on the plane with you.
- Keep hearing aid supplies in your carry-on bag. In that vein, you never know when your bags will get lost, or a flight rerouted. Make sure to pack your hearing aid essentials with you for the flight rather than checking them below.
- Wear your hearing aids through security. It’s not likely that your hearing aids will set off detectors and they ensure that you’ll be poised to answer questions as you flawlessly pass through security. If you do have to put your hearing aids through the x-ray scanner, rest assured that the x-rays won’t harm the hearing aid components.
Tips for a Road Trip with Hearing Aids
Road trips give you plenty of flexibility of schedule and a chance to experience scenery up close. However, come prepared:
- Cut out distracting noise. It’s fun to sing along with music or enjoy stimulating conversation but your priority has to be on the road. Roll your windows up and keep conversation to a minimum to make sure you can focus on the road. If you are having trouble hearing, don’t hesitate to ask another person to drive.
- Use a remote mic. Conversations can be hard when driving with hearing aids. To make conversations easier, clip your remote mic to your companion’s shirt or place it in the back seat to hear everyone with greater ease.
Enjoy the Journey
We have lots more strategies to help you travel with hearing aids, for this and to schedule a hearing exam before your next adventure, contact us now!