Traveling with hearing loss could pose challenges, but that’s no reason to stay at home! Having hearing aids and other assistive listening devices makes it more convenient to travel whether you’re hitting the road in your car or jetting across the globe. To make the process as smooth as possible, here’s our guide to traveling with hearing aids.
Give your hearing aids a check-up
When did you last perform routine maintenance of your hearing aids? You will want to make sure your hearing aids work before you go on this journey. Visit us at Able Hearing before you hit the road for cleanings or hearing aid repairs. Bear in mind that some companies can be closed during specific significant holiday periods, so you will want your hearing aid to be fully operational before this happens.
Hearing aids are pretty advanced these days. However, as there are sensitive parts to your device, you will not want to damage, you want to receive professional cleanings. Be sure to book one before you board the plane.
Make sure you have all you need for your hearing aids when packing. If you are visiting a damp place, think about packing a dehumidifier so that your appliances remain dry, which will reduce the chances of damage. Do not forget the charger or extra batteries and ensure your cleaning kit is packed too.
Finally, ensure you pack in your carry-on bag all of the things you need to survive the plane journey with hearing aids. You can keep your devices in place as you move through airport security, so don’t worry about taking your hearing aids out before going through the airport scanner.
It may be smart to think about battery charging options, depending on where you are going. Although new devices tend to have a more extended battery life, you should still charge them regularly.
Many new models feature an outlet-free battery charging station. It could make a trip into the woods much easier if you have access to this technology. This new technology could provide power for you for a few days, making it easier to ‘unplug’ and get out into nature for an extended period.
Leverage other technologies
There are plenty of apps that can help you travel better as a person with hearing loss. Railway lines and airlines feature apps that show their transport schedules. Most apps have an alert function that allows you to learn about gate changes or delays as they occur.
Most countries have apps providing tourist areas with specific information about what is available for those who need special assistance. These apps list the accessible services offered by the venue, such as listening loops.
Be proactive during your trip
Inform your guide and your fellow travelers that you have hearing loss and give them some advice about how to interact with you. Advocating for your hearing loss in this way ensures a smooth experience when meeting and socializing with fellow travelers.
Ask to sit so that when they talk, you can see your tour guide’s face. Tell them to speak clearly, but not loudly, and ask them not to obstruct their face with their microphone.
Take an assistive listening device like an FM device so that you can easily stream the sound of the guide to your hearing aids. If you are requesting travel recommendations, ask them to show you on your phone so that you can easily access the location when you need it.
Protect your hearing aids
Remember to keep your hearing aids clean, as dust and moisture can easily be collected on aircraft and in highly populated areas from place to place. Keep your hearing aids in the same safe place every night in a dry box or charging station.
Above all, don’t forget to have fun while traveling! Hearing aids are meant to help improve your travel experience. Please feel free to contact us at Able Hearing for any repairs or regular hearing aid maintenance.