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When traveling to your favorite getaway you should put steps in place to safeguard your hearing aids. It would be great if all vacations were worry-free, but sadly, that’s often not the way it goes. Making arrangements to care for your hearing aids will give you one less thing to be stressed about while traveling. What type of specific handling do your hearing aids need while you are on your trip?

What Are The Basics

First, you will want to pack a cleaning kit. Keep cleaning your hearing aids the same as when you are at home. A brush or pick comes with most brand name cleaning kits. You should also bring a soft dry cloth to wipe the surface down and a case to store them in when not wearing them.

Extra batteries will most likely come in handy too. You will potentially use your hearing aid more than normal so a backup set is a good idea. Don’t forget about that extra charger if you own a hearing aid that has rechargeable batteries. Your replacement charger needs to be carried somewhere separate in case one gets lost.

Start thinking about some extra components you will probably want for your hearing aids including:

  • Tubing
  • Soft domes
  • Sport clip

Make a list of everything you use at home prior to leaving and double check to ensure you’ve got everything you need with you before you pack up the automobile. Put your hearing aid items in an easy to get to spot so that you can get to them anytime. Carry on luggage is the perfect place to put these items if you are flying on a plane.

Be Certain to Get Them a Good Cleaning And Checkup

Your hearing aids should be tuned up and cleaned at least a week before you leave. Properly functioning hearing aids will make your travels safer and much more enjoyable. You may have to bring your hearing aids in for unexpected emergency servicing when you are on vacation so be sure to consult your retailer regarding any warranties you may have. Don’t inadvertently void the warranty by skipping something. Take some time to learn to file a claim.

You should find out if there are any hearing aid repair shops close to where you are staying. If you need a new battery or some repairs, you will be able to bring it right in.

Some Considerations When You Are Using Hearing Aids at The Airport

With all of the changing security requirements, going to the airport is often puzzling. One thing you should know is to wear your hearing aids while walking through the security checkpoints. Inform security that you have a hearing aid as you approach so that they know ahead of time. In most cases, you probably won’t have to remove them as you walk through the metal detector, but listen to the directions of the security officer.

It’s also not a problem if you use your hearing aids on the plane. You will not need to turn them off before the plane takes off like you have to with a cell phone, either. When on the plane, your hearing aid may not work as well. Try to compensate by using visual indicators to the flight crew and the others near you so they understand you can’t hear. Cupping your ear, for example, sends a signal that you can’t understand.

A Drying Kit or Dehumidifier is a Smart Idea

Water fun and humid weather go hand in hand with vacations. Just because you’re not planning on going swimming, that doesn’t mean humidity is still not a potential problem. A dryer is really important when on vacation and also year round.

Learn About How Your Hearing Aids Function

Different features work better in different settings. For example, you’ll need to filter out background noise in a restaurant or at an amusement park. Some have outdoor settings that will make the beach more fun. But you have to be familiar with how your hearing aid functions if you want to take advantage of these features.

Bring a Remote Microphone

A remote microphone will come in handy in noisy environments, when driving in the car, or if you are on a plane. You simply clip the microphone to the person who you are talking with which enhances their voice so that you can converse freely.

Call Ahead to The Resort or Hotel

Popular vacation destinations commonly have accommodations for the hearing impaired. Since you won’t be wearing your hearing aids at night you will want to take advantage of that. Smoke alarms that shake the bed or have flashing lights should be available to you. Closed caption televisions and special phones can be requested.

Going on vacation is fun, but it can be crazy, too. Get your hearing aids situated before you go, so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up today.

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