Now that summer is here in the Treasure Valley, it’s a popular time for many to take a break from it all and go on a much-needed vacation. For those with hearing aids, it’s important to pack everything you need (including backups) in order to care for and maintain your hearing aids while you’re away to prevent damage.
Before You Leave
If you are going on a long trip, it’s a good idea to see your hearing aid specialist before you leave to make sure they are working properly and tuned to your personal needs.
When it comes to packing your hearing aid supplies, it’s better to over-prepare than under-prepare. Unforeseen issues could come up at any point during the trip, and you want to make sure you have everything you need to keep your hearing aids working as they should be. Some essential items you should bring:
- Cleaning kit – dirt, dust, and sweat buildup can deteriorate your hearing aids’ functionality.
- Dehumidifier – it’s important to dry out your hearing aids often, no matter the climate you’re traveling to.
- Charger/Extra batteries – this seems like an obvious one, but it’s common to forget the charging case, cables, or both!
- Spare filters – no matter where you go or how used your hearing aids are before you leave, having extra filters on hand can be a lifesaver!
- Accessories – if you have a separate mic, portable case, or Bluetooth connectivity devices, those are a must-have when traveling.
In the Water
Whether you are going somewhere tropical, to the beaches, or to a rainy location, it’s important to know how and when to take care of your hearing aids. They are at the greatest risk of damage when you are at the beach: you can forget that you have them in until after you jump in the water, or sand and dust can easily clog them up causing damage. It’s best to develop a habit of checking your ears before you go in the water to make sure that you don’t have them in. Don’t forget to bring that portable case with you! Even if they are wrapped in a towel or stored in a bag, damages can happen when they aren’t put in their protective case.
If your hearing aids do happen to get wet, there are a few steps you can take to try to dry them out. First, turn them off as soon as possible. Take out the batteries and dry them thoroughly with a cloth. If they came in contact with salt water or chlorine, rinse them out with fresh water, then shake them out until all of the water is gone. Finally, dry them out. The best way to do this is with a dehumidifier, but if you don’t have that, a warm, dry place out of the sun works too.
If you have prepared and packed everything you need for your hearing aids, it’s time to enjoy your vacation, whatever that means for you! If the unexpected happens and they do get wet, follow the instructions above; after a couple of hours, they should be ready to use again.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your hearing aids while on vacation, contact United Hearing Healthcare and we’d be happy to help you out.