How to Protect Your Hearing, Hearing Aids and Ears This Summer
Summer is here and that means vacations, family gatherings, and outdoor activities abound. If you have hearing loss, it’s important to protect both your hearing and your hearing aids. Take heed of these easy hearing aid travel tips before and during your trip, so you won’t miss out on any of the fun.
Travel Tips for Hearing Aid Owners
Before You Leave
- Remember to pack extra batteries and don’t forget your accessories. The last thing you want to do on vacation is to look for a hearing aid center that may not be close by or able to accommodate you. Prepare and run through your checklist before heading out:
- Storage case
- Charging station and charging cable
- Adapter (if traveling internationally)
- Extra domes and wax guards
- Cleaning tools/dryer box
- Bluetooth accessories
- Instruction manuals
- Phone number of your local hearing center and if possible, locate a center at your destination
- Pack a spare if you have one. You may not have a spare set, but if you do—or if you still have your old ones—it might be a good idea to bring them as a back-up.
- Drive safely. Take a break if you’re tired. Be careful with music and noise inside the car, as they may keep you from hearing important traffic sounds. If you have a remote mic, invite other passengers to wear it so you can enjoy great conversation on the trip.
- Wear your hearing aids on the plane. You don’t have to take your hearing aids off to pass through airport security. Wearing them on the plane is permitted and it’s the best way not to lose them. It will also help you hear important instructions from cabin crew, reservationists, and TSA agents. Should you choose to remove your hearing aids for a quick nap, be sure to store them in their case and keep within reach at all times. If your hearing aids have Bluetooth technology, consult your instruction manual in advance to know how to activate and deactivate flight mode when required.
At Your Destination
- Protect Your Outer Ear. Protecting your outer ear and the pinna (external part of the ear) is important in summer as well. People often forget to apply sunscreen to the ears, which can impact the outer ear. Always apply sunscreen to your ears or wear a broad-brimmed hat. Don’t forget to remove your hearing aids before applying sunscreen, and make sure to wash and dry your hands before handling them again. At the end of the day, wipe them with a clean dry cloth. This will help extend the life of your hearing aids.
- Keep your hearing aids high and dry. Water, sand, and sweat can be a risk to your hearing aids. Hearing aids should not be worn in the water, and sand and saltwater are particularly bad. We suggest removing them when swimming, participating in watersports, or other sports such as beach volleyball where sand or water can get into your hearing aids. Store them in your case while participating in these activities. When storing for any length of time, make sure you open your battery door to extend the life of your batteries. After a hot and sweaty day, make sure to wipe off any excess moisture with a clean dry cloth. For humid climates, bring your dryer/dehumidifier or consider buying a Dry & Store or Dry Aid Box, which absorb damage-causing moisture.
Make sure to follow these tips so you don’t miss any of the fun or sounds of vacation. Have a great summer!