10 tips for traveling with hearing aids

by Nancy Salim

Labor Day weekend is almost here. It’s a time to celebrate those who fought for worker’s rights, and for many that’s done by enjoying one last getaway before the end of summer. Maybe you’re heading to the beach to enjoy the sand and surf, or you’re off to explore a faraway place by plane. Whatever you have planned, first read these 10 tips for traveling with hearing aids.

Buy insurance for your hearing aids. Talk to your hearing care professional about buying hearing aid insurance. You’ll feel better knowing you’re protected if your hearing aid is lost or stolen.

Get your hearing aids professionally cleaned before you travel. Visit your hearing care clinic yearly for routine cleanings and maintenance and to receive an annual hearing screening. You can also purchase a hearing aid cleaning kit, which includes a brush, cloth and wax kit.

Tell your hotel you’re hearing impaired. Hotels are required to provide rooms accessible for those with hearing loss with visual notifications for alarms, phones and doors. If you’d like a room like this, let your hotel know.

Keep your hearing aids on during airport screening checkpoints and in flight. All you have to do is notify a security officer that you’re wearing them before the screening begins. And remember to turn down the volume when passing through scanners because they can sometimes cause a lot of noise. Hearing aids are exempt from the no-electronic-devices policy so you can also wear them on the flight.

Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place. Don’t leave them in your car or by a window because exposing your hearing aids to extreme heat or direct sunlight can damage them.

Bring a dehumidifier with you if you’re traveling to a warm, humid climate. This is so you can dry your hearing aids each night and prevent moisture accumulation which can damage your hearing aids.

Pack extra batteries and tubing. Unless your batteries are rechargeable, bring extra batteries and keep them in a waterproof bag. If your hearing aid requires them, bring extra tubes.

Clean your hearing aids regularly. Germs, bacteria and fungi thrive in hot, humid weather so cleaning your hearing aids with disinfectant wipes is necessary in the summer months.

Don’t go swimming with water resistant hearing aids. They only protect against minor water intrusions. Waterproof hearing aids are the only kind you can wear swimming.

Bring a portable assistive learning device (ALD) if you’re traveling by car. It can make listening to the phone, the radio and other passengers much easier.

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