Summer is a time of year where many of us travel. Traveling as a hearing aid wearer can seem slightly more challenging, but just a little preparedness can help a lot. We’ve put together our top tips to reduce the stress of traveling with hearing aids.
- Our number one tip is do as much of the planning at home as possible. Read reviews and study photos to find the best places to stay and dine. Choose the most hearing friendly venues and make reservations. Also, look for excursions to venues with suitable facilities, assistive listening technology, and guides who can translate etc. An added reward could be money saved by booking ahead.
- When making your bookings be sure to mention your hearing loss. You may find that further assistance is available for the hearing impaired.
- Be sure to keep spare hearing aid batteries (or mini charger), printed copies of your arrangements, a travel guide or map and a notepad and pen in your hand luggage.
- See if text or email updates for your journey are available. You don’t want to miss out an important announcement such as a gate change or update to a departure time. Electronic messages are available on most modes of transport, so don’t forget to opt in for this very handy feature.
- Look for useful apps such as translators for menus and signposts, local maps and timetables etc. Try to familiarise yourself with your travel location.
- Pack a dehumidifier, batteries or a charger for your hearing aid and a back up plan such as a spare hearing aid or assistive listening device.
- If you are traveling on public transport, use noise cancelling headphones or hearing protection products to block out excess background noise.
- Remember the manual controls you can use with your hearing aid push-buttons or smartphone apps, and adjust them accordingly based on your environments.
- If traveling by airplane, alert security about your hearing aids when going through scanners. On board, you are allowed to use your hearing aids. If you are using a bluetooth enabled hearing aid, make sure you know how to activate ‘flight mode’ when instructed to do so onboard. This information is in the product manual.
- If you’re flying, be aware that tinnitus symptoms that may worsen from pressure changes. This article from the British Tinnitus Association can provide some helpful tips to ensure a comfortable flight.
Follow these 10 tips to make traveling with hearing aids easier. If you would like to discuss your hearing travel concerns or to arrange a hearing assessment before you depart, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 607-323-4061 or book a consultation with us today.