Hearing Aid Travel Guide
It’s estimated that in the US, the average adult travels twice a year. Travel is a great way to experience new places and make memories.
If you wear hearing aids, you may find travel a bit more challenging. We’ve put together a hearing aid travel guide to ensure smooth sailing ahead!
Remember The Essentials
When packing, make a list of everything that you need to bring with you to keep your hearing aids in working order. Here are some travel essentials to consider:
- Extra Batteries – Don’t be caught out by dead batteries. Bring a spare set with you. It may be more difficult for you to find hearing aid batteries while traveling.
- Charger Cable & Station – If you use a chargeable hearing aid or chargeable batteries, don’t forget your charger cord and accessories. (If you’re traveling abroad, bring a converter if needed. This guide can help you determine if you may need one.)
- Cleaning Kit – Travel can disrupt our normal routine, but you should remember to pack your hearing aid cleaning kit and stick to your normal cleaning schedule.
- Dehumidifier or Dryer – If you’re going to be traveling to somewhere near the water, or perhaps a very humid climate, you’ll want to consider bringing a dehumidifier or dryer. Moisture and hearing aids do not mesh well; use the dryer / dehumidifier nightly to help your hearing aids dry out.
- Extra Domes & Wax Guards – Preparation is the key to success. You don’t want a clogged wax guard or misshapen dome to hamper your hearing experience when traveling. Bring extra so you can fix any problems that may arise.
- Bluetooth Accessories – If you regularly use Bluetooth accessories, remember to bring them with you.
- Before you travel, research your destination. Look for hearing friendly accommodation, activities and places to eat.
- Let your hotel know of your hearing loss. Offer a friendly reminder when you arrive. This will ensure any special requirements can be sorted in advance.
- Download useful apps for your destination. You can find apps that will offer up tourist information, maps, as well as translation apps to facilitate communication.
- If you’re flying by plane:
- Wear your hearing aids through security. Let the guards know that you are wearing hearing devices.
- Alert flight staff when boarding that you wear hearing aids. You may also want to let the person sitting next to you know. This will ensure that you won’t miss any important in-flight announcements.
Trust the Experts at Regional Hearing and Balance Center
If it’s been a while since your last hearing assessment, you may want to consider booking in a check-up before you travel. The hearing care professionals at Regional Hearing and Balance Center would be happy to discuss your travel plans and ensure that your hearing aids are in optimal condition. Contact us today to request your appointment with our hearing care professionals.