June 25, 2018
Travelling is a great deal of fun for most folks. Whether you are taking a vacation to somewhere new and exciting or a “stay-cation” somewhere close by, it is important to plan ahead appropriately. Folks with hearing loss and hearing aids should take a few extra precautions as well. Below we have listed some “Do’s” and “Do Not’s” of travelling with hearing aids.
- Stop by and have us clean and check your hearing aids before you leave! This will ensure your devices are working to the best of their abilities while you relax and enjoy yourself.
- Pack extra supplies. These include batteries, domes, cleaning supplies, drying systems (especially if you’re going somewhere warm and humid), and any accessories you may need.
- Bring along the correct outlet adapters for rechargeable devices if you are traveling abroad.
- Plan ahead for water outings. Bring your drying systems, an extra case to keep them in, or a special lanyard or headband to keep them on. REMEMBER: hearing aids are tiny electronics! They don’t do well in water!
- Let train or airline stewards know if you need some extra assistance hearing overhead announcements
- Let hotel staff know if you need special accommodations in case of emergencies, such as a flashing fire alarm.
- Arrive early to airport/bus/train terminals and print out all of your reservations and tickets in case you go somewhere you don’t speak the language. Being unfamiliar with a language or accent is hard enough without hearing difficulties!
- Take them off while going through airport security. They will not set off any sensors or alarms and if you are concerned, they may go through the x-rays with no damage.
- Turn them off during a flight. Hearing aids are not an electronic device that will cause any issues during a flight, and you don’t want to miss any important announcements.
- Take them off in-transit. Whether you are taking a bus, train, plane, or taxi, leave your hearing aids in! This will allow you to hear any announcements and will prevent them from getting lost.
For most of us, the purpose of travel is to have new experiences, meet new people, see new places, and enjoy ourselves. If you have any questions about a particular vacation destination and your hearing aids, feel free to give us a call at (541) 228-9233, or drop on in and we will do our best to assist you!
Fun Hearing Fact: Selective hearing is a term used to describe people who can hear in most situations but not in others, and usually comes up during a conversation. This isn’t due to an actual hearing issue; this is an attention issue. If your listener isn’t aware that you are speaking to them, you may feel ignored and get upset. If you make sure you have your listeners’ attention before you begin speaking, they will have much more success hearing and understanding what you are saying.