Summer Travel Tips for Hearing Aids

Though you wouldn't know it from the up and down temperatures we've experienced lately, it will be hot and humid before you know it! And then the kick-off of the summer travel season. Follow these simple tips to keep your hearing aids in tip-top shape while away from home.

Don't use your hearing aids in environments where they may get wet, dirty, sticky.

During summer vacation, you may find yourself enjoying swimming pools, sprinklers, saunas, and hot tubs. But those are no-no's for hearing aids. Avoid activities where your hearing aids may become wet from a dip in the pool, kids splashing, or the hot steam of a sauna or hot tub. Going on a cruise and signing up for off-ship excursions? Make sure to pack an extra case that you can use to safely tuck away your hearing aids temporarily until conditions improve. If you haven't done so already, now is a great time to invest in a dehumidifier that can aid in removing any moisture that may build up inside the hearing aids from humid climates, freak rainstorms, and more.

Don't keep your hearing loss a secret

Let people know you have a hearing loss and wear hearing aids. Uber/Lyft drivers, cab drivers, bell hops, concierge--these individuals are there to make your transport to your destination and your time when you arrive at your destination more comfortable. By filling them in on the fact that you have a hearing loss, they are better-able to assist to make sure you understand directions, instructions, travel alerts, and more. Additionally, they may know about accommodations for hearing-impaired listeners, such as captioned tours and alerting systems in the event of an emergency.

Don't forget the extra supplies!

It's a fact: resorts charge more for things like snacks, medicine, and first aid items. Hearing aid batteries are no exception. Speciality items such as dessicant bricks and wax guards are likely not available unless you can find a hearing aid shop at your destination that has your same brand of hearing devices. While packing for your trip, take an inventory of batteries, wax guards, and extra domes. Call us before you go so we can help you get the supplies you'll need for the duration of your trip. Finding supplies is the last thing you want to have to worry about while trying to relax and enjoy your vacation!

Seek out hearing-loss friendly destinations

Going to a Broadway show? Anxiously anticipating the talent on-board your cruise ship? Taking a tour of a museum? Many public venues have hearing-impaired friendly technology to help you make the most of the experience. Hearing loops allow hearing aid users with t-coils to have direct input of the venue's sound system which cuts out background noise, allowing for a clearer sound to be transmitted through the user's hearing aids. It is inconspicuous and works simply by activating the telecoil on the wearer's hearing aid with the flip of a switch or push of a button. Smart phone apps, captioned services--all can enhance the experience of the hearing- impaired traveler.

Don't let a hearing loss spoil your vacation. With a little planning, your trip can be seamless. For more tips and tricks, contact us! We'd love to help!