Being among the hard of hearing and having to wear hearing aids shouldn't ever stand in the way of you travelling, be it for work or fun. With some planning, you can look forward to a great travel experience, and top among the tips to help you do just that include the following.
Schedule a Tune-Up
This is a good time to go in for a tune-up at your audiologist's office. The audiologist will clean your hearing aids and make sure that they are working well.
Talk to your audiologist about the kind of listening environment you expect to experience while on your trip. This information can help inform the kind of adjustments, if any, that your hearing aids require for the trip.
Be sure to pack all you need to get the best out of your hearing aids. This includes batteries and charging stations, a storage case and cleaning kit. Be sure to pack wind sleeves if you are going to engage in outdoor activities. If you own an extra set of hearing aids, be sure to bring those along with you.
You want to make sure that you pack these items in your carry-on bag and not with the rest of your luggage. You will have easier access and can minimise the risk of loss or damage to your hearing-related items.
Let Others Know
Don't shy from letting the flight attendants or the hotel staff know that you have hearing loss. Be sure to ask for their help should you need it. When booking hotels, you should make a point of enquiring about any provisions that may be in place for persons with hearing loss and wearing hearing aids.
Know Who You Can Turn to on Your Trip
What if your hearing aids start giving you trouble while on the trip and you don't have an extra set with you? You can always call your audiologist and have them walk you through troubleshooting and problem-solving.
On the other hand, you can never be too prepared for the worst. In this case, do your research even before you set out on the trip and find out hearing loss services near where you will be staying. Should you need to, in case of an emergency, you will know where you can go and have your hearing aids checked.
Have your hearing aids checked out, carry what you need and find help if and when you need it. With all this, you should be more than ready to travel with hearing aids.
For more tips and help with hearing aids, reach out to a local audiologist.