Whether it’s for business or for pleasure, travelling can be quite stressful—even for people without hearing problems. Lessen the hassle by following these five tips.
- DO plan your journey before you leave home
Booking your transportation tickets and room reservations will save you a pretty penny and save you from a lot of headaches. Don’t forget to print out your tickets and receipts as well as any prescriptions and other medical information.
- DO take your accessories and spares
Even if you’re going to a big city, don’t assume that your destination will have hearing aid accessories that are compatible with your device. Take your cleaning equipment, charger, and other gadgets in a carry-on approved bag. In this way, you’ll always have the things you need within reach while you travel.
It’s also a good idea to stock up on spare batteries and attachments. Consider investing in a new hearing aid if you’re going away for a long period of time, and make sure you visit a specialist retailer like Independent Hearing Solutions to get everything you need before your big trip. They might even give you some extra travel tips!
- DON’T sweat airport security
You don’t have to take off your hearing aid before you go through the security points of most airports. Just alert an officer that you have an assistive device on. You should be able to walk through their scanners, but they might have to do an additional pat down or some other form of manual inspection afterwards. Don’t worry about this, as it’s just part of their protocol.
Once you pass through security, you’ll find that your hearing aid and its accessories should be undamaged by the scanners, x-rays, or other detectors that they use.
- DO exercise visual caution
To make sure you don’t miss your plane, check the signs and information screens frequently. Try to arrive at your boarding area early and be on the lookout for other travellers passing through the gate.
- DON’T be afraid to inform people of your needs
Hotel staff, security personnel, flight attendants, and even your fellow travellers won’t bite. Most people will be more than happy to lend a hand. Telling them that you’ve got a hearing aid on can even be a good thing in the case of an emergency because many places give out audio alerts that you might otherwise miss.
With these dos and don’ts in mind, you should have a more hassle-free travel experience. Do you have some tips of your own? Please share them in the comments below!