Remember these tips and must-pack items for hearing aid care in-transit.
No matter when or where your next travel plans take you, it’s essential to know how to take care of your hearing aids while away from home. When it comes to keeping your hearing aids functioning well while on the go, a little planning goes a long way.
These valuable tips can help keep your hearing aids in tip-top shape on your next traveling adventure:
- Talk to your audiologist before you go
- Keep extra batteries on hand
- Take all necessary hearing aid supplies
- Remember a dry aid kit
- Set up a hearing aid station
Learn how to care for your hearing aids when traveling with these simple tips below.
Talk to your audiologist before you go
Before your trip, you may wish to make an appointment to meet with your audiologist. Your audiologist can fine-tune your hearing aids and share tips on how to care for hearing aids when traveling, so they can perform at their best during your journey. If you are traveling for an extended time, your audiologist may also give you a referral for another hearing care provider in the area where you’re staying. That way, if you experience any issues with your hearing aids while you’re away, you can have someone to turn to for help.
Keep extra batteries on hand
Sometimes the things that are most important to remember to pack are the easiest to forget! If your hearing aids use batteries, be sure to pack an ample supply for your trip. If you’re worried about forgetting extra hearing aid batteries, try putting a sticky note on your nightstand or near your keys to remind yourself to bring them along.
Take all necessary hearing aid supplies
Extra batteries aren’t the only supplies you’ll need to care for your hearing aids while traveling. Make a list of everything you usually use for them while you are home, such as cleaning supplies and charging cords if your hearing aids have a rechargeable battery. When it’s time to pack, keep them together in a handy organizer or bag, so everything you need is ready to go and easy to find. If you’re traveling by plane, it’s a good idea to keep all of your supplies with you in your carry-on, just in case your checked luggage gets lost or doesn’t make it to your destination at the same time as you.
Remember a drying kit
If you are traveling to a humid location or somewhere where you’ll encounter rain or water, it’s a good idea to bring along a drying kit or dehumidifier. These items can help dry your hearing aids out and keep them working correctly if they’re exposed to water or humidity. To protect your hearing aids from being exposed to water in the first place, you may also want to pack a protective sleeve or headband for your travels.
Set up a hearing aid station
When you arrive at your destination, set up a hearing aid “station” where you’re staying to store your supplies and hearing aids when you’re not wearing them. Choose a secure spot that’s out of the way, so nothing accidentally gets misplaced. By keeping all of your hearing aid supplies in one designated area, they’ll be easy to grab when you’re headed out for the day or packing to return home.
These simple steps can help your hearing aids perform at their best whenever and wherever you travel so that you won’t run into any issues. For more advice about traveling with hearing loss and other hearing loss-related topics, check out our CapTel Blog. And when you get back from your trip, you can share your experiences with friends and family using a CapTel captioned phone for hearing loss!