Holiday travel can be hectic for everyone, but it can be even more difficult for those with hearing loss. However, if you come up with a plan of action ahead of time, you can travel without any unnecessary stress due to your hearing loss. In addition to that, we have some tips for those who are traveling with their hearing aids.
Tips for Traveling with Hearing Loss During the Holidays
Hearing loss should never prevent you from traveling anytime of the year, but especially not during the holidays. Getting to see your loved ones for the season and spend time is very important for everyone. However, the idea of traveling during the busy holiday season can be daunting for anyone, but especially for those with hearing loss. Don’t worry, here is a list of 10 tips for remaining stress free while traveling with hearing loss during the holidays.
- Plan everything out ahead of time.
- Arrive early for all travel.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Let people know what your needs are. (This includes flight attendants and other travel staff or even fellow travelers.)
- Sign up for travel notifications.
- Pack for different contingencies.
- Keep open lines of communication with your friends and family.
- Ask your hotel for an ADA Kit; book a hotel that has one complete with visual signal alerts for the doors and alarm clock as well as a universal remote with one-click closed-captioning for the television.
- If traveling internationally, make sure to bring outlet converters for all of your battery rechargers and electronic devices.
- Bring all of your hearing amplifiers and equipment in addition to your hearing aids.
Tips for Holiday Travel with Your Hearing Aids
If you don’t travel often but decide to travel during the holidays, you may be unsure how to handle your hearing aids during travel. We are here to ease your mind and give you some tips and tricks for traveling with your hearing aids during the holidays.
- Bring extra batteries.
- Do not let traveling throw off your normal routine.
- Bring your cleaning kit.
- Don’t forget a dryer or dehumidifier (depending on what climate you are traveling to).
- Bring your charging station and cables.
- Don’t forget your hearing aid accessories.
- Bring extra domes and wax guards, even if you don’t use them regularly different climates might cause different issues for your hearing aids.
- Keep all of the above in your carry-on bag if you are flying.
- Wear your hearing aids during travel including plane travel and especially when traversing through airport security so that you can hear and understand the instructions to make it through quickly and efficiently.
Consult with the Hearing Experts at Kenwood Hearing Center
The holidays can be stressful for those with hearing loss; however, if you plan ahead, it can go smoothly and be very rewarding to see your family, friends, and loved ones. The hearing professionals at Kenwood Hearing are available to help you prepare for holiday travel with hearing loss or hearing aids. Please contact us today and schedule an appointment. The experts at Kenwood Hearing Center are trained to help you and your family through all aspects of hearing loss.