Every trip requires some level of preparation. From purchasing plane tickets to packing all of the necessities, planning ahead is key.
During the holidays, being one step ahead of the game is even more crucial: Everything’s more chaotic. The airport is overrun with crowds. Your suitcase is more cramped than usual, filled with presents for your friends and family.
When travelling during the holidays, a little bit of planning will ensure that there’s at least one thing you won’t have to worry about: your hearing aids.
#1) Pack a hearing aid kit.
One thing’s for sure: You want your hearing aids to be in working order, so you can enjoy your time with your friends and family this holiday season.
A great way to prevent your hearing aids from having any issues is by performing regular maintenance on them, and for that, you’ll need a hearing aid kit. Here are a few things that might be useful to keep inside your kit:
- Small container with a secure lid (to put everything in)
- Magnifying glass
- Cleaning tools (small brushes, wax picks, cleaning filament)
- Microfiber cloth
- Wax guard supply
- Spare battery supply or charger
- Extra supply of tubes and domes
By keeping your hearing aid kit in hand, you’ll be prepared to properly clean your hearing aids throughout your travels.
Be sure to check out our post on How to Prep Your Hearing Aids for the Cold to learn more about properly maintaining your hearing aids this season.
#2) Bring your batteries or charging cable.
We already said it once, but we’ll say it again: Don’t forget to bring whatever you need to keep your hearing aids charged and ready-to-go!
If your hearing aids use batteries, bring along a pack of backup batteries.
On the other hand, if you have a rechargeable hearing aid, like our HCR3, don’t forget to bring along your charging cable. Consider charging your hearing aids each night to make sure they’re charged and ready each day!
#3) Don’t forget a dry aid jar!
Especially during the holiday season, when rain and snow are more frequent, you’ll want to do the best you can to keep your hearing aids dry. One way to do this is by storing your hearing aids in a dry aid jar at night.
Plus, dry aid jars are a great way to safely store your hearing aids at night, so they don’t get misplaced.
NOTE: If you don’t plan to bring a dry aid jar, bring your hearing aids’ overnight storage case for safekeeping.
Not sure how to protect your hearing aids from moisture? Read our post about Wet Hearing aids - Prevention and Maintenance Tips for more information.
#3) Wear your hearing aids through security.
When you go through TSA at the airport, they often require folks to take off their shoes, watches, jewelry, and pretty much anything that could throw off a metal detector or body scanner. However, you don’t have to take off your hearing aids!
Simply inform the security officials of your hearing impairment and that you wear hearing aids. That way, if any of these security scanners are set off, they will be prepared.
#5) Keep wearing your hearing aids on the flight!
Not only can you keep your hearing aids on through security, you can also wear your hearing aids on the plane! While most planes require that certain electronic devices be turned off during flights, hearing aids are exempt from this policy on all domestic flights.
That way, you can keep hearing well as you fly from point A to point B!
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