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For the Hard of Hearing: Tips to Enjoy Travel

Life gets a bit more complicated as a result of hearing loss, but it’s still possible to be involved in all the things you used to do. There’s really no need to give up any beneficial activity that brings you joy, and that includes traveling. Below are actions you can take to ensure a pleasant trip.

For the Hard of Hearing: Tips to Enjoy Travel

By Top-Rated Charlotte Audiologist, Dr. Gosu

Life gets a bit more complicated as a result of hearing loss, but it’s still possible to be involved in all the things you used to do. There’s really no need to give up any beneficial activity that brings you joy, and that includes traveling. Below are actions you can take to ensure a pleasant trip. Please see our article Travel Assistance for the Hard of Hearing to learn about many resources that can also assist you.

Tips for Choosing the Best Destinations

Take your time when choosing a travel destination. Some great tourist spots are less than ideal for people who are hard of hearing. For instance, if you stay in an excessively crowded, bustling city, the night life and noisy traffic could create undue stress. The word is out that the following travel destinations are excellent choices for individuals with hearing loss:

  • Italy is perfect because of the historic landmarks, gelato tastings, incredible food, and wine vineyards. One of the top reasons to love vacationing in Italy is because they offer subtitled videos and one-on-one tours.
  • Many cruises are hearing-loss-friendly, with plenty of accessibility options and features that make your trip pleasant. For example, you can connect hearing aids to the intercom system on the ship. There are also visual alert systems.
  • You don’t have to leave the U.S. to find vacation spots that are accommodating for the hard of hearing. U.S. National Parks offer visual brochures and tour guides that are expressly hearing loss friendly. Accessibility options are available online.

Packing Tips

Pack all of the supplies that might possibly be needed to keep your hearing aids clean, protected, and functional. Keep all of this equipment with you in a carryon bag, to ensure that you have it even if luggage is lost. Items include backup batteries and tubing, a voltage converter, chargers, and remotes, as applicable. Also pack a portable dehumidifier, in case you travel to humid locations. Perspiration can also affect the performance of your hearing aids, and a dehumidifier helps.

Enjoying your Destination

Communication is the secret to enjoying your travel destination. If accommodations for hearing loss aren’t in place as you have arranged, speak up. Don’t hesitate to make your voice heard in any situation that can be adjusted. Take needed steps to be on time or early for all events and excursions, in order to have the opportunity to take advantage of resources for those with hearing loss.

One especially helpful tip for travelers is to invest in an AquaVault portable safe, or a product like it, so that you can safely store your hearing aids when you swim in a pool or even the ocean. The safe is lightweight and it attaches to the back of a lounge chair. Anyone who wants your safe will have to take the chair, as well.

Enjoy!

Millions of people in the U.S. and around the world deal with hearing loss. Although it can be a struggle, it can be managed well enough to continue enjoying the world, especially when you have the benefit of hearing aids. Don’t let being hard of hearing hold you back. See as much of the world as you can, and have fun!

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