Tips for Traveling with Hearing Aids
Time to Travel, What About Hearing Aids?
With summer right around the corner, you may be looking forward to going on a vacation. No matter where you go if you experience hearing loss, managing your hearing care and maintaining your hearing aids remains constant. Here are some great tips to remember when traveling with hearing aids.
Bring the Basic Necessities
No matter where you're going, it's best to make a checklist to be sure you have everything you need before you leave for your trip. This list should include basics such as:
- A cleaning kit
- Extra batteries
- A charger/charging station (for rechargeable hearing aids)
- A dehumidifier
- Extra wax guards and domes
- Any Bluetooth or remote accessories
- A special storage bag
- Tips for Traveling By Car
A road trip is a great time to enjoy talking and music, but it can also pose a challenge for those with hearing loss. Here are a couple of helpful tips to traveling with hearing aids by car:
1. Use a remote mic
If you will have trouble hearing everyone in the car while driving, you can clip on your remote mic either to the driver side passenger or in the back seat so you don't have to strain to hear.
2. Eliminate distracting noises
Everyone knows their own levels of hearing, but if you feel that music or talking on the radio is impairing your ability to hear sounds from outside the car, it is best to turn it off for you and your passenger's safety.
Tips For Traveling By Plane
Traveling by airplane gives you great opportunity to shorten your trips, but it also poses its own challenges when it comes to maintaining your hearing care. Here are a few helpful tips for traveling by plane:
1. Monitor your FM receiver
Fortunately, hearing aids do not fall under the same regulations as other portable electronics such as laptops and cellphones because they do not emit the same signal. However, if your hearing aid has an FM receiver, you'll want to turn it off during sensitive periods because it can behave as mobile systems do.
2. Wear your hearing aids at all times
There are no special restrictions when it comes to wearing hearing aids during flight, so you should wear them through security and on the flight to help you hear important instructions. It may be best to inform attendants of your situation to avoid any issues.
3. Bring hearing aid supplies in your carry-on bag
It's best to keep your supplies nearby in case of emergency or unexpected situations. This includes your cleaning kit, batteries, and accessories.
Enjoy Your Travels!
Traveling can sometimes be stressful, but if you follow these few simple tips, you can have a fun and relaxing vacation while being sure that your hearing aids are well taken care of. For more information about hearing aids, contact us at Chicago Beltone. Call us now at (888) 485-5452.