Travel has become an important part of our everyday lives. From leisure to business travel, it can be an invigorating and enjoyable experience, but can also be stressful. For the over 10 million Americans who wear hearing aids, travel can be even more difficult. We’re here to help with these tips for traveling with hearing aids.
Remember the Essentials
The last thing you want to happen when you’re traveling is for you to forget something important to keep your hearing aids in working order. Have you packed the following essentials?
- Extra Batteries – It may be more difficult than you anticipate to find new hearing aid batteries when you’re away from home. Pack an extra pair, to ensure that you have your needs covered.
- Cleaning Kit – It’s easy to fall out of a routine when you’re away, but it’s important to remember to maintain your daily cleaning of your hearing aids as much as possible. This will also provide the added bonus of helping to protect them against any additional wear and tear.
- Charging station and charger cable – It’s one of the most important tools to pack if you use rechargeable hearing aids, but also one of the easiest to forget! Make sure you pack your necessary charging kit.
- Dryer or dehumidifier – Traveling somewhere hot and humid? Make sure you bring your dryer or dehumidifier along. Using it every night will help dry out your hearing aids and keep them in working order.
- Bluetooth accessories – Don’t forget your bluetooth accessories, particularly if these are something you use regularly. Often these accessories can actually make travel easier. A remote mic, for example, can make communication with airline employees much easier if you’re in a crowded environment like an airport.
Flying with Hearing Aids
If your travel plans involve air travel, remember the following:
- Keep important hearing aid supplies in your carry-on bag – Unexpected delays are unfortunately part and parcel of air travel. You do not want an unanticipated delay to cause difficulty with your hearing aids, but by keeping supplies in your carry-on you needn’t worry or wait until you finally access your checked luggage. Make sure you include extra batteries, accessories and a cleaning kit in your bag.
- Wear your hearing aids through security – Before going through the scanner, let the security agent know that you are wearing hearing aids. Although they are unlikely to set off the metal detectors, it’s always best to give them a head’s up! Wearing your hearing aids through security will ensure you can hear any instructions from airport staff.
- Wear your hearing aids during the flight – Don’t be tempted to take your hearing aids out in the air. Wearing your aids will ensure that you will hear important announcements or information during your flight. Alert flight staff that you are wearing hearing aids.
Remember, travel should be an enjoyable experience! Follow the tips above to maximize your enjoyment and reduce stress. If you want to learn more about traveling with hearing aids, we’d be happy to speak with you. Call us on (507) 208-7002 or click here to Request an Appointment today.