You may travel for work, you may travel for pleasure – either way the chances are you will be planning a trip over the summer this year. But travelling with hearing loss presents its very own challenges, which can make for an interesting adventure! Here are some tips for travelling with hearing loss from our friends at Phonak.
Tips for Travelling by Plane
- When booking a flight, always sign up for flight change alerts via text or email. If someone else books the flight for you, follow up with the airline to ensure you receive updated information by phone or email.Try to book a seat up front where the flight crew can find you and communicate with you if needed.
- Notify the flight staff and flight crew of your communication needs and ask them to let you know if there are any travel changes.
- Leave your hearing technology in place. Hearing aids and cochlear implants do not have to be removed before going through airport scanners.
- Airlines prohibit deaf and hard of hearing persons from sitting in exit row seats for safety reasons.
Tips for Travelling by Car
- If you’re the driver and you lip-read or sign/cue, teach your passengers to insert pauses in their conversation when your eyes are on the road.
- Ask passengers to use an FM system in order to deliver the conversation right to your ears. This allows you to keep your eyes on the road at all times.
- Use a Bluetooth phone system to provide hands-free access to calls.
Tips for Travelling by Bus or Train
- If there are no visible names for each stop, enlist the help of a nearby passenger to let you know when a certain stop comes up. Another trick is to count the number of stops until yours. Buses and trains that have visual displays of stops and information are most helpful.
- Tell a fellow traveller or an attendant that you have hearing loss so that you don’t miss any safety announcements.
Tips for staying in a hotel or resort
- Some hotels have a visual signal alert for the doors and alarm clock. Ask for details of these at the front desk or when you make your reservations.
- Many hotels use universal remotes with the one-click “CC” closed-captioning button. No more having to go through five menu screens to turn on the captioning!
- If you’re travelling without an alarm clock and the hotel doesn’t have a visual alarm kit, one trick you can use to make sure you wake up early: Drink a couple of glasses of water before heading to bed. This will wake you up on time!
- If you’re travelling internationally, you may need an outlet converter to charge your rechargeable batteries for your implant or hearing aids, or to plug in your electronic devices.
If you have any other tips for travelling with hearing loss, we’d love to hear them, just add a comment below.
If you’d like to discuss hearing loss, either your own or a friend or loved one, please contact us.