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Traveling can be one of the most effective ways to refuel your body and mind. It allows you to fully embrace relaxation in ways not even your own home allows for. For these reasons, a great traveling experience can result in you being the most energetic and productive person you have ever been. However, if you have a physical disadvantage such as hearing loss, that can take away from the overall positive experience traveling usually provides. Speaking of which, hearing loss results in more hurdles to jump through than people realize. Unlike other physical disadvantages such as having to use a wheelchair, hearing loss usually doesn’t have people around you to help. In most cases, people with this disability are left to fend for themselves using their methods. This is where tools such as hearing aids come into play.
By helping those with hearing loss make up for at least some of those disadvantages, hearing aids can make it seem like there is no problem at all. There’s only one major disadvantage to hearing aids when traveling. The disadvantage stems from the fact that they are somewhat small and tend to get lost in the shuffle of packing for travel. Especially for people who tend to pack late and are unprepared, losing or misplacing hearing aids tends to be a common problem. If you can relate to a similar situation, rest assured knowing that there are a few strategies you can use to take full advantage of your hearing aid when traveling. With this in mind, let’s go over seven tips for traveling with hearing aids.
#1: Bring A Back-Up Pair of Hearing Aids
As mentioned before, the most common issue travelers with hearing aids is losing them. Because they are so small, finding them is even more difficult. That said, this is why bringing a back-up pair is so important. If you put your aids in a dedicated safe place, you’ll know exactly where to go to get another pair.
#2: Let Others Know About Your Condition
Traveling will present many new opportunities to communicate with people. However, hearing loss is not a disability that is immediately apparent to strangers. For this reason, don’t hesitate to start a conversation by stating your conditions. Letting other people know will not only make it easier for you to hear, but it will also make it easier for them to communicate.
#3: Bring Travel Earplugs
No matter where you travel to, ear protection should always be a priority especially if you deal with hearing loss disadvantages. Quite obviously, protection such as earplugs prevents your hearing loss from getting worse. Another interesting benefit of traveling with earplugs is that you can use them to further reduce distracting noises.
#4: Prep Your Travel Accommodations for Your Condition
Most travel accommodations are adaptable to new people and their conditions. However, it never hurts to prepare ahead of time by letting them know. Doing so is a simple as checking in on your travel stay accommodations and explaining your condition to them. This will allow those at your travel accommodation to improve your experience around your condition.
#5: Don’t Forget Your Charging apparatuses
Hearing aids today have greatly improved thanks to enhancements in technology. The only downside to that is that they also require more power. More specifically, they require charging apparatuses to function. Needless to say, make sure to not forget your hearing aid charging apparatuses as it can be difficult to find others while abroad.
#6: Use Mobile Devices for Communication
Apart from explaining your condition to others, you can also improve communication by using your mobile devices. Most devices today have access to the internet and other applications that enhance can translate and interpret language. Even if you travel to a place where you understand the language, you can use your mobile device to make it easier for you to understand others.
#7: Travel with An Interpreter
As a last resort, it also doesn’t hurt to travel with an interpreter. An interpreter can help you with everything from translating to physical talking for you in case you aren’t able to.