Tips for Traveling with Hearing Aids
If you love to travel there are no reasons to let using your new hearings aid stop you! It’s just important to know what you will need now that you use hearing aids and plan accordingly. It would be a shame to get to a beautiful destination and struggle to navigate a new place with compromised hearing. From booming airplane engines to ear infections, traveling comes with a variety of new things to consider with hearing aids. As with any vacation, the more you plan, the smoother your vacation can be.
Plan for your hearing aids
Traveling is supposed to be fun, but getting used to new hearing aids can become a bit of a frustrating when you’re on the road, up in the air or on the open sea. There’s nothing enjoyable about losing your hearing aid, running out of charge in the middle of a long flight, or developing swimmer’s ear on the first day of a promising beach vacation. By using your hearing aid properly, planning ahead and looking after your hearing when away from home, you can make travel easy on the ears, so you can actually relax on your vacation.
Protect your hearing
There are plenty of risks to be aware of when traveling. Airplanes can be a hazard for your ears. Despite years of technological advances, planes still create allot of noise over a long amount of time. For periods of up to 10 hours, travelers can be subjected to noise levels in the region of 80 to 100 decibels, which is an incredible strain for the ears. The National Institute for Occupational Health suggests a maximum exposure of four hours to noises above 88 decibels.
There is also the issue of increase tinnitus due to heightened pressure from changing altitudes. It can all build up into an unpleasant experience for anyone’s ears. Using earplugs in planes and trains and using noise canceling earphones to avoid turning the volume up too high can make a huge difference in protecting your hearing on the go. These of course are tools that you could stand to use in your daily life too.
Remember the Essentials
When you’re packing, make a list of the items you’ll need to bring with you to make sure your hearing aids stay in working order your whole trip. Here are a few essentials to consider:
- Extra batteries: While traveling, you may find yourself wearing your hearing aids longer than you normally would at home. There is a likely hood that you will go through batteries quicker than you are accustomed to. Additionally, if you run out of batteries on vacation, you may not be able to buy new ones for your particular hearing aid very easily. It’s always a good idea to pack more batteries than you think you’ll need.
- Cleaning kit: Make sure to clean your hearing aids regularly. This could not be truer when traveling. This will guard against the additional wear and tear that your hearing aids may suffer as you go through a barrage of new thrilling situations you don’t usually experience at home.
- Dryer/dehumidifier: If you’re going somewhere humid or near water, be sure to take your dryer or dehumidifier and use it nightly to fully dry out your hearing aids.
- Charging station and charging cable: If you have rechargeable hearing aids, make sure to pack your charger! Check your list once and then check it twice.
Have Fun Traveling
Most importantly, have fun! Travel is a great way to experience new places and cultures and to build stronger relationships with the people you love most. Once you plan for your trip to make sure you can hear your clearest abroad, then you can focus on creating more beautiful experiences with the people you love the most. Make the most of your trip, by planning to care for your hearing aids while you’re away from home. For more tips on traveling with hearing aids contact us at GN Audiology. We can help you get everything prepared for your trip from extra batteries, extra parts, chargers and cleaning kits. Be safe and have fun out there!