Summer is near, school is out, and it’s time to go on a vacation to get some much-needed rest. If you suffer from hearing loss, you may come across some situations during your vacation travels that can aggravate your condition. Whether you’re going on a cruise, visiting a new country, or going to a neighboring state to meet friends and family, your hearing loss can make the journey much more difficult. In this post, we will give you a few tips on how to travel with hearing loss.
When packing for your vacation, if you wear a hearing aid, make sure that you bring the essentials. Pack the hearing aid’s case and an extra battery for it. If traveling by air, ensure that your hearing aid accessories are on your carry-on baggage and not your checked luggage, because if the airline loses your bag not only will you not have any clothes but you won’t have your hearing aid items either. One thing that could make your time on vacation a bit easier is a notebook. Having a notebook on hand can make it easier for you to communicate with hotel employees or airport personnel so they can help you with any problems or questions you might have.
No matter if you have hearing loss or not, the airport is the most frustrating place for all travelers. For those with hearing loss, the airport is even more annoying because you can get confused easily. Airports in the US are required legally to broadcast announcements via visual aids and over the intercom. When you arrive at the airport, identify yourself as a person with hearing loss and airport personnel will help guide you to your gate and show you a TV where you can read the announcements. When you do arrive at your gate and are waiting for the plane, it can be helpful to make friends with other passengers on your flight. Ask these passengers and the flight attendants to let you know about any announcement once you’ve entered the plane and don’t be worried – airline staff will be willing to help.
Out of The Country
If you’re traveling to a foreign country that speaks a different language bring a translation dictionary so that you’ll be able to communicate with the locals. Let the locals know that you are hard of hearing by showing them your hearing aid. If the locals can communicate with you in English, don’t be afraid to politely ask them to repeat themselves if you don’t understand what they are saying.
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized friendly service. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.
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