Traveling with hearing loss or hearing aids may seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Planning ahead and knowing how to prepare for a trip is the key to making it a great experience. Take a look at some tips to get the most out of your trips.
Traveling With Hearing Loss Checklist
- Plan Arrangements in Advance. Planning all travel arrangements in advance will help you avoid any potential hiccups later.
- Book Online. If possible, try to complete bookings online. This includes prices, dates and your actual reservations. Having your information in writing will make it easier to show people your travel info is correct.
- Inquire About Hearing Impaired Provisions. Find out if where you’re staying has any provisions for the hearing impaired. If not, it may be worth checking somewhere else.
- Pack Accordingly. Take any necessary equipment with you. This includes packing extra batteries and bringing the right cleaning supplies for your hearing aids. Also, be sure to pack all your hearing-related items in your carry-on luggage, as this will help minimize your risk of loss. If you have an extra set of hearing aids, you may want to bring those as well.
- Check Your Phone’s Travel Restrictions. Make sure you’re able to both send and receive text messages abroad. In addition, be sure to request any travel updates to alert you via text.
- Use Online Resources. Google Translate is a great way to help ease communication abroad. In order to make common requests easier, just type a few common phrases and Google Translate will automatically translate them. A free app is also available for your phone.
- Use Maps. Having a map handy will help make it easier to find your way around or ask for directions, especially when you might have a hard time understanding the locals otherwise.
- Remind Staff That You’re Hearing Impaired. Because you may have trouble hearing a knock on the door, a phone ring or the alarm clock in your room, it’s important to notify hotel staff of your hearing loss in order to make special arrangements.
- Have Your Hearing Aids Checked Beforehand. Before leaving on any trip, make sure your hearing aids are working properly by having them checked by a hearing care professional. Remember to also ask for a referral to a hearing professional in the location you plan on traveling to.
- Ask for Help When Needed. Ask tour guides and other professionals for help when needed. After all, that’s why they’re there.
- Find a Miracle-Ear location near where you're staying. You never know when you might drop your hearing aids in the pool or need a quick repair. Did you know that our lifetime service and warranty are good at any of our 1,300 locations across the country? Find a Miracle-Ear location near where you're staying ahead of time so this information is readily available in case you may need it.