Traveling can be stressful as a hearing impaired person. The different dialects, accents and languages make it more difficult for you to hear and understand even basic information. When traveling with hearing aids ? be prepared. It is easier to deal with a broken hearing aid at home than it is in an unfamiliar place. Here are some suggestions that might help you.
- Learn to say "please repeat." Before you begin your trip, learn how to say "please repeat" in every language spoken in the areas you are visiting. You can find this information at most libraries, bookstores and on the Internet.
- Bring a spare hearing aid. If you are traveling extensively, think about bringing an extra hearing aid with you in case yours is lost, stolen or breaks. Your trip could become a disaster without it. If you do not have an extra hearing aid, ask your audiologist if they have one you can borrow or rent.
- Pack a dri-aid kit. A dri-aid kit is a small container that absorbs excess moisture from the hearing aid while you are sleeping. This is especially important if you are traveling to a humid location.
- Pack extra batteries. You may have trouble finding fresh batteries when you are traveling. Be sure to bring an extra pack.
- Consider travel insurance. If you do not have loss and damage insurance on your hearing aids you might want to consider purchasing a policy before you travel. If your hearing aids are lost or stolen, you will need to purchase new ones when you return home. This can be quite expensive. Your audiologist can give you information about extra insurance for your hearing aids.
Hearing Informed. Traveling with Hearing Aids Tips and Tricks. Accessed March 2008. Available at: http://hearinginformed.com/2007/08/05/travelling-with-hearing-aids-tricks/.