Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, the last thing you need to worry about is your hearing aids. By keeping a few guidelines in mind, you can ensure your hearing aids are in tip-top shape during your journey.
If you’re going overseas or plan to be out of town for an extended period, you may want to arrange to stop by Hearing Associates of Las Vegas. We can inspect your hearing aids and accessories for any potential issues.
Take A Dryer/Dehumidifier Kit To Protect Your Hearing Aids On The Road
You already know you should keep your hearing aids dry, but travel can pose unique challenges.
If your destination has a humid climate, moisture or perspiration can compromise your hearing aids. You may also encounter inclement weather like rain. There’s also the risk you’ll impulsively dive into the hotel pool, wade into the ocean or duck into the shower while wearing your hearing aids. If your hearing aid gets wet, you should immediately:
- Remove your hearing aid battery and throw it away. A wet battery can become corroded and cause the inside of your hearing aid to rust.
- Dry the hearing aid gently, using a towel.
- Leave your hearing aid out to dry with the battery door open. You can place it on a dry newspaper or even better, in a hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier.
- Once you’re satisfied your hearing aid is dry, install a fresh battery.
If your hearing aid continues to malfunction, take it to our hearing aid specialists who, among a variety of services, can repair your hearing aid.
Use a Remote Mic To Better Hear Driving, Flying Companions
Road trips are a great time to talk with friends and family, or simply relax as the scenery goes by. Driving, however, can pose communication challenges for hearing aid users. Even those with normal hearing can have trouble discerning what the passengers in their car are saying, particularly those in the back seat.
This scenario represents the perfect opportunity to use a remote microphone hearing aid. These miniature hearing aids feature radio receivers that pick up speech from a transmitter microphone. The transmitter microphone can be clipped to the shirt of a companion who’s “riding shotgun” or placed in the back seat.
If you’re traveling by plane, consider asking your flight attendant or seat partner to wear the transmitter receiver. It’ll help you feel less “out of it.”
Remember Your Hearing Aid Extras
When you’re packing for a trip, include extra batteries. If you have rechargeable hearing aid batteries, pack your charging cord or charging station.
The effectiveness of your hearing aids can be hampered by trapped debris, a misshaped dome or a clogged wax guard. Bringing a cleaning kit, extra domes and wax guards can help you troubleshoot some of the most common issues leading to hearing aid failure.
Keep Your Hearing Aids Close And Intact While Traveling
Flying carries an element of the unknown. Flights can be delayed, unexpected layovers can be introduced and luggage can be lost. So, it’s best to store your hearing aid supplies in your carry-on bag.
Once you’re at your hotel, store your hearing aids in their case to avoid mishaps. It’s all too easy for a hearing aid stashed in your pocket to end up in the washing machine. Before you check out, make sure your hearing aids are packed or safely in your ears.
If you suspect you are experiencing hearing loss, getting this all-important sense checked out is as important as making travel reservations. The hearing professionals at Hearing Associates of Las Vegas can administer a thorough hearing exam, fit you for hearing aids and perform an array of services. Contact us for an appointment today.