Hearing aids are special. If you leave them at home, forget the charger/batteries, or forget the needed accessories, you cannot just go to your local supermarket and get what you are missing. Apart from remembering all of your hearing aid gear, there are also protocols you can follow that will allow your travel with hearing aids to be a breeze. Here are some tips to help you travel with ease.
When traveling with hearing aids by plane:
- Wear your hearing aids when you fly: Airports are very noisy, so it might be annoying to wear your hearing aids. However, it is important to wear them because you can hear instructions from TSA, updates on the loudspeaker, and if you put them down, you might lose them.
- Keep hearing aid supplies in your carry-on bag: By keeping your hearing aid supplies in your carry-on bag, you are able to have access to it at all times, and it cannot get lost with other checked bags.
- Wear your hearing aids through security:With new advances in the screening, it is acceptable to wear hearing aids through body scanners. You should still notify the worker that you have hearing aids.
- Wear your hearing aids through your flight:Yes, flight attendants always make you turn off all electronic devices during takeoff and landing, but this rule does not extend to hearing aids. Like wearing your hearing aids through the airport, wearing them during the flight will allow you to hear announcements.
When traveling by car:
- Only drive when you feel safe doing so: It is important to make sure you and your hearing aids are charged. When going on long trips, be sure to have another person in the car who can take over if you feel like you cannot drive anymore.
- Cut out distracting noise:This means that make sure the music or navigation systems are not too loud. Instead of turning the volume on the hearing aids down, you should turn the volume on the music and navigation systems down because you do not want to eliminate outside noise like horns and sirens. Most new hearing aids have directional microphones, so you will be able to control where you are hearing noise from.
Do not be afraid to travel! Just remember these tips and traveling with your hearing aids will be easy!