It’s that time of year again…the holidays! For some, that means traveling and a lot of it. If you are a hearing aid wearer (or travel with someone who is) these tips can help get you through the airport, train/bus/subway station (these are places that can be hard on the hard of hearing) and perhaps help you find more enjoyment at the places of interest that you visit.

It’s always a good idea to have your travel plans actually planned but here are some things to think about this holiday season.decibel chart

  1. Protect your ears and your hearing while traveling. Trains and airplanes are very loud and can reach a decibel level of 130 or more. This level of noise can cause damage to your ears after only a few minutes of unprotected listening. Use ear muffs or ear plugs if you will be around noisy areas for a length of time.
  1. Find hearing-friendly locations before you leave home. There are many travel related venues that offer hearing loop technology. See this resource for an interactive map showing locations around the country with Assistive Listening Devices. It’s a good idea to call the travel agency you are utilizing and check their availability of technology for the hearing impaired (or check their website). This is also true if you plan on visiting any tourist attractions such as museums, galleries, exhibits, etc. Check websites and call if you can’t find the information you are looking for.
  2. Wear your hearing aids while traveling especially during layovers and at the beginning and end of each leg of travel. This is when you will need to hear announcements about your next plane/train, schedule changes, gate changes, etc. You might also want to hear your traveling companions, too!
  3. Tell the security officer about your hearing aids. Your hearing aids may set off metal detectors so it’s a good idea to let the security officer know beforehand that you are wearing them. If you’d like to do this more discreetly, you can use the TSA Notification Card. You can download and print the card before you leave. You ARE allowed to wear the hearing aids without having to remove them for the screening.
  4. Bring extras! Bring extra hearing aids (if you have them). Bring extra batteries as well. In fact, bring extra wax guards and volume controllers. Whatever you use with your hearing aids, bring extra!!! This is definitely the “Better Safe Than Sorry” tip and it seems like a no-brainer but it’s worth mentioning. Keep your extras with you and not in your checked luggage.  With so many travelers and so many pieces of luggage, it’s best just to keep your extras in your purse, backpack or carry-on bag.

Of course, sometimes plans go awry but if you set out as prepared as possible, with a good attitude you will ready for anything that traveling can throw at you.

If you need new hearing aids before you travel, contact us! We’ll get you all set up…it’s what we do. And we love doing it!! 🙂

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