PLANNING THE TRIP
When making travel arrangements, let the hotel, airline, and car rental companies know you have hearing loss. Informing them prior to your arrival allows them to prepare information in writing for you.
Keep extra batteries on hand in case your hearing device loses power. It’s also recommended to keep batteries in your carry-on in case your checked luggage is lost. If you use smartphone capabilities for your hearing aids, keep your cellphone charged. The directional microphone in some apps can be beneficial when communicating with people at the various places you visit during your trip.
IN THE AIR
Check with your airline or travel agent, and sign up for text alerts. If your flight has any delays or gate changes, you can be notified via text alerts when the changes are made, as announcements can sometimes be difficult to understand. It’s also important to inform TSA agents that you have hearing aids and know that you are not required to remove them.
You should also let the flight attendants know you have hearing issues and let them know the best way to communicate with you. For longer flights, bring a tablet/iPad with movies on it since few airlines provide closed-captioning for onboard entertainment.
Many tours offer assisted listening devices with t-coils to help you hear the tour guide. Many theaters are equipped with Hearing Loop technology so visitors with hearing devices can better hear the performance. You can access this technology by using your t-coils program if available. Use smartphone apps to help you hear instructions or conversations as you go sightseeing.
Don’t let hearing loss get in the way of having a fun and relaxing trip. Come in for a hearing aid cleaning and maintenance check before you go to ensure optimal performance from your listening devices.