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5 Tips for Better Hearing While Traveling

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There’s nothing quite as exciting as planning a trip to a fantastic destination. However, if you experience hearing loss, then you’ll want to take steps to ensure that you’re able to hear as well as possible while you’re on your travels. It can be quite intimidating to be in unfamiliar territory at the best of times, and that anxiety will only be heightened if you’re hearing isn’t working as well as it could or should.

In this blog, we’re going to look through some tried and tested tips that’ll ensure you can hear as well as possible during your trip.

Get a Hearing Aid

If you have hearing loss, then it’s likely that you’ll need to get a hearing aid. There is a range of options available, including behind the ear (BTE), in the canal (ITC) and in the ear (ITE). Once you have yours, you’ll find that you’re able to fully experience all the sounds of your trip as well as possible. It’s important to work with an experienced audiologist who will be able to first assess the right settings that you need and, second, ensure that your hearing aid fits properly. The correct fit is important as it makes it less likely that the hearing aid will fall out. 

Plan Accordingly

If you’ve planned correctly, then you’ll be greatly reducing the chances of something going wrong while you’re traveling. So, what do we mean by plan accordingly? It’s all about making a list of the things that you definitely or could need while you’re away. Think about everything you use on a daily basis to use your hearing aid correctly.

Now you need to make sure that they’re in your carry-on bag. And talking of bags be sure to pack your essential hearing aid equipment in your carry-on bag rather than your hold bag. Hold bags are much more likely to go missing, after all. Plus, you never know what supplies you might need while you’re on the flight. 

Bring Spare Batteries 

It’s possible that you’ll need to replace the batteries of your hearing device while you’re traveling, so make sure that you pick additional batteries with you. This will ensure that you can keep using your hearing aids, no matter how far from home you may be. It’s a good idea to take more batteries than you think you’ll need, especially if you’re visiting a somewhat remote corner of the world.

If your hearing aid uses a rechargeable battery, then it’s worthwhile investing in a transportable power bank. There may be times when you need to charge your hearing aid but are unable to access a power outlet. In that scenario, the travel power bank will come to your rescue. 

Protective Measures 

Your hearing aids will face the same threats as they do at home – perhaps even more. This is especially the case if you’re traveling to a humid climate. Moisture can cause a lot of damage to hearing devices. You can’t do anything about the humidity, but you can keep your device in a dehumidifier storage case, which will help to keep them safe. You’ll also want to have a protective case for when you go to the beach, too – seawater and sand can wreak havoc on hearing aids. It’s also recommended to take a backup pair of hearing aids with you – perhaps an old pair – just in case the worst happens and you’re unable to find your current hearing aids. The old hearing aids may not be perfect, but they’ll certainly be better than nothing. 

Stick to the Routine 

Part of the fun of taking a travel trip is that it allows you to step out of your regular routine. However, there’s one routine that you should try to keep with you — your hearing aid routine. Wear your hearing aids when you normally wear them and clean them at the usual time. This will make it much less likely that you lose them or have other issues. 

If you suspect that you may have hearing loss, then be sure to make an appointment with an audiologist, who will be able to determine the presence and extent of the loss, as well as offer treatment solutions. Here at Hearing & Balance Specialist of Illinois, we offer a range of hearing aid styles and can help to find the right one for you. To make an appointment, give us a call at 775-336-0211 or click the schedule appointment button at the top of this page.