5 Tips for Summer Travel with Hearing Aids
There are only a few weeks of school left which means it’s just about time for summer family vacations. Even though spring break has passed, now’s the time to start planning for that memorable summer trip. It’s exciting and, if you wear hearing aids, possibly stressful as well. Traveling with hearing aids can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to prevent you from enjoying your trip to the max. Consider these travel tips to ensure you have the best and most stress-free trip possible.
1. Spread the word
Don’t be shy about letting people know you wear hearing aids. Sometimes it’s necessary, such as when you’re going through airport security (often times, hearing aids will set off the metal detectors, so telling the security officer will help prevent long lines in security). Other times, telling people, such as cab drivers, hotel managers or waiters at a restaurant, can help those serving you provide better service and understanding.
2. Line up the accommodations
Before you land at your final destination, make sure to map our hearing-friendly locations. Many public lines of transportation, museums, theaters and more provide assistive listening devices, such as hearing loops, to help those with hearing loss understand messages or announcements better.
3. Stay protected
Just because you’re on vacation, don’t think it’s ok to let your guard down and be lazy with your hearing aids. In fact, travel and vacation require extra protection for your ears and your hearing aids. If your vacation plans entail attending a loud event, such as a concert or even a professional sporting match, make sure to bring earmuffs or earplugs to help block the excess noise out.
4. Stay connected
While airports and terminals are loud and can cause confusion, make sure to keep your hearing aids on in between your destinations to that you stay informed. Announcements about delays, rerouting or other changes are usually announced over a loud speaker, so make sure your hearing aids are placed at the right setting.
5. Take extras
The last thing you want to do while on vacation is worry about replacing your hearing aid batteries. Make sure to pack extras of all your hearing aid accessories, including batteries.
Schedule an appointment with your hearing health provider to discuss any questions or concerns you have regarding your travel. Your hearing care specialist can also provide some simple tips and tricks to make your travel with hearing aids easier and less worrisome. Last but not least, make sure to enjoy your trip – you deserve it.