Christmas is one of the busiest travel seasons as millions of people hop in planes, trains and automobiles to visit family and friends interstate or overseas – especially after the year of border closures we’ve had in Australia.
People who wear hearing aids can help alleviate some of the stress by remembering these five tips as they travel through the bush or to the back of Bourke this holiday season.
Tip 1: Bring extra batteries
Especially when traveling overseas, the batteries that you use for your hearing aids may not have the same guarantee of quality as when purchased at home. A battery caddy or blister pack of batteries is a great way to travel with them, and Zinc Air batteries are allowed in your carry-on luggage. Or you could speak to your hearing health professional about our rechargeable hearing aid range!
Tip 2: Fly with your aids on
You can leave your digital hearing aids turned on while flying, even if they have wireless capabilities. All domestic airlines allow the in-flight use of hearing aids. If you have any questions, make sure you contact your airline ahead of time.
Tip 3: Stay dry in the tropics
If you’re visiting the tropical north or further afield, (a) you’re lucky, but (b) don’t forget to bring your dry aid kit! A dry aid kit is a small jar that has a desiccant in it to pull out all the moisture! If you don’t have one, ask your hearing health professional. Moisture in hearing aids can cause dirt and debris to build up on microphones and other parts and make cleaning difficult.
Tip 4: Don’t forget your cleaning kit
Speaking of cleaning, don’t forget your cleaning tools! Just like at home, you’ll want to properly maintain your hearing aids while on holiday or travelling away from home. Many people are more active on trips than when at home and hearing aids tend to need extra TLC when travelling.
Tip 5: Stay ahead of security
You can keep your hearing aids on as you pass through security. The electronic components of a typical hearing aid are so small that they don’t frequently get picked up by a metal detector. Just make sure that if you go through a body scanner, you let the agent know. They may ask you to take them out if they are detected.
Ready to treat your hearing loss and find the best hearing aids for you? Call us on 1800 024 985 or fill out our hearing care professional locator form.