travelling with hearing loss

Tips for traveling with hearing loss

Here are some top tips for traveling with hearing loss, from preparing for your trip to getting to your destination and having the time of your life on your holiday.

Any opportunity to travel or go off on holiday is an exciting one, but those who suffer from hearing loss can often feel apprehensive. The good news is, you don't need to worry. We've put together some top tips for traveling with hearing loss. We will provide tips for preparing for your trip, getting to your destination and having the time of your life on your holiday.

Preparation is key

Like all things in life, prepapation is key, and it's no different when it comes to traveling with hearing loss. Below we've compiled a list of travel tips for those who are hard of hearing.

  • Visit your audiologist: It's important to make sure your hearing aids are as prepared for your trip as you are. Arrange an appointment in advance and make sure you ask about assistive listening devices (such as Bluetooth® wireless connectivity to TVs and phones, a vibrating alarm, and FM systems.) These can help make your stay much more enjoyable.
  • Packing: Remember to bring extra hearing aid batteries and tubing and don't forget to store these in your carry-on as your hold luggage is at risk of being misplaced. Don’t forget a protective waterproof travel case and a cleaning kit. It's also a good idea to bring a dehumidifier if you can, especially if you’re traveling to a humid, hot and tropical area.
  • If you are traveling with rechargeable hearing aids, remember to also bring an outlet converter and other assistive devices so you can charge the batteries when traveling internationally

At the airport

  • Print your reservations and tickets ahead of time or have them on your phone: This makes it easier to show them to airport staff for a smooth check-in.
  • Don’t be afraid to tell a staff member or fellow traveler about your hearing loss. They can help ensure you don't miss any changes in boarding times/gates or delays
  • Embrace your hearing loss: Those who are hard of hearing don't need to shy away from that. Most people are happy to assist you in any way they can.
  • Check your seat: Remember to check your seat selection when flying. Those with hearing loss cannot sit in the emergency exit seats. Be sure to inform staff if you have been allocated this seat.
  • It's important not to remove your hearing aids on flights to prevent missing information.

  • If you are traveling via bus or train and there are no visual stops, ask someone sitting next to you to let you know when your stop is coming up. Alternatively, you can try counting the number of stops until it’s time to disembark.

At the destination

When out on a day tour of cities or towns, FM listening systems can help you hear the commentary. Ask the tour operator to use a transmitter microphone, allowing you to listen to the presentation over radio waves via your hearing aid’s receiver.

When you are at your hotel, don't forget to inform the front desk about your hearing loss in an emergency.

The last tip for traveling with hearing loss is to advocate for yourself. When you do this, it makes traveling easier for both yourself and those who surround you.

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