As more people are now considering travelling abroad this Christmas to visit family and friends, or just for a festive break, we thought we would come up with some tips to help those people who wear hearing aids!
- Don’t forget your charger – or – take extra batteries with you! Especially when travelling abroad! The batteries that you use for your hearing aids, while globally available, may not have the same guarantee of quality when travelling. A battery caddy or blister pack of batteries is a great way to travel with them, and Zinc Air batteries are permissible in your carry-on luggage! Or why not try rechargeable hearing aids.
- You can leave your digital hearing aids turned on while flying, even if they have wireless capabilities. All domestic airlines allow the in-flight use of hearing aids. If you have any questions, make sure you contact your airline ahead of time!
- If you’re visiting someplace tropical, (a) you’re lucky, but (b) don’t forget to bring your dry aid kit! A dry aid kit is a small pot that has a desiccant in it to pull out all of the moisture! If you don’t have one, give us a call or email us. Moisture in hearing aids can cause dirt and debris to build up on microphones and other parts and make cleaning difficult.
- Speaking of cleaning, don’t forget your cleaning tools! Just like at home, you’ll want to properly maintain your hearing aids while on holiday or traveling away from home! Many people are more active on trips than when at home and tend to need extra TLC when travelling!
- You can keep your hearing aids on as you pass through security! The electronic components of a typical hearing aid are so small that they don’t frequently get picked up by a metal detector. Just make sure that if you go through a body scanner you let the TSA agent know! They may ask you to take them out if they are detected!