The great news is you have a vacation coming up away from home. The difficulty is – it involves traveling and you wear hearing aids. It’s exciting, but the preparation can be stressful. Hearing aid use does add a few extra challenges, but it shouldn’t put you off. To make your travel easier, we’ve put together some tips and things you should know.
General Travel Tips
Planning ahead and booking as much as you can at home is a key travel tip. Not only can it save you money, but if you wear hearing aids it provides an important opportunity to research activities and accommodations that are hearing friendly. Be sure to notify your hotel and transportation operator of your hearing loss as they may be able to offer assistance.
Take written copies of your bookings and have them to hand. (A small notepad and pen is useful too.) Sign up for updates/alerts so you have as much up to date information about departures etc. as possible. Download apps such as timetables, maps, local information and, if necessary, translators for reading menus and signposts.
Things to Take
As a hearing aid wearer, there are a few things that you should definitely remember to pack.
- Spare batteries and chargers. Spread them between bags if you are packing more than one, just incase a bag gets lost in transit.
- A back up plan, such as a spare hearing aid and assistive listening device such as an FM system, pocket talker or a headset to work with an app on your smartphone.
- If you’re planning on visiting a humid environment, a dehumidifying product to preserve your hearing aid.
- Hearing aid travel products such as a protective storage bag or a vibrating alarm.
Traveling on Public Transport
Trains and airplanes in particular can easily exceed safe noise limits. The following will help protect your hearing and your hearing aids.
- You are allowed to use your hearing aids on an airplane. But you should disable any FM receiving function, as it could interfere with onboard systems.
- Be aware that pressure changes on airplanes can induce or increase tinnitus symptoms.
- Use your hearing aids only when necessary, such as when listening to announcements. Adjust volumes and use features that cancel out background noise such as engines. When not in use, put them away safely in your bag and use ear protectors instead.
- When listening to a movie or music, use noise cancelling headphones.
The above tips should help make traveling with hearing aids a breeze. Should you have any further questions, or wish to get your hearing devices checked before departing, book in a consultation today. Call us on 212-755-5100, or click here to request your appointment.