Traveling with Hearing Loss

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Traveling and spending time with family and friends is important for achieving relaxation and recharging our mental batteries. For those who suffer from hearing loss, traveling can be increasingly challenging. Here are some helpful tips to hopefully make your trip smoother and safer for those who suffer from hearing loss.

Preparation

To reduce confusion and miscommunication, it is always good to have a travel plan, even if you are traveling alone. Utilize helpful resources such as online flight reservations, hotels, transportation, and activities. Try to find a seat on a flight or train where you can easily communicate with the crew if need be.

While on the go, if you are planning activities, it can be a good idea to ask or call ahead regarding accommodations for people with hearing loss. Many guided tours feature options for hearing and listening assistance, and many of them can even pair with certain brands of hearing aids. If you are staying in a hotel, ask if they can provide you with visual alarm clocks, phones, and fire alarms.

Packing
Creating a checklist of everything needed for your hearing aids can be very beneficial. Some of the supplies you may need include: batteries, cleaning tools, storage case, chargers, wax traps, and wireless accessories.

When traveling abroad, try not to forget a voltage converter to be able to charge your devices. If traveling to a location that is going to be humid, be sure to pack a hearing aid drying kit to reduce the amount of moisture exposed to your device.

Advocate

It can be a helpful reminder to leave your hearing aids on when going through airport security. TSA recommends that passengers inform security officers prior to the screening process regarding hearing loss. Visit their website to discover more helpful information.

Hearing Protection

Ear plugs can be a saving grace when traveling. Loud noises caused by airplanes can cause hearing damage, especially during long flights. If you plan on participating in any loud activities such as concerts, hunting, or sporting events, be sure to pack ear plugs to safeguard your hearing no matter where your travels take you. Ear plugs are a must when traveling! The loud noise of the airplane not only can be tiring, but can also cause hearing damage, especially during long flights.

Ask our expert team of hearing healthcare professions for more information to help protect your hearing while traveling. We hope you have a safe journey with healthy hearing on your next adventure.