Regardless of your mode of travel, consider putting together a small travel bag filled with the essentials you'll need to keep your hearing aids working efficiently while you're away from home. Here's what you'll need:
- Batteries. The average hearing aid battery lasts between 5-14 days. Make sure you have enough batteries to last for the amount of time you'll be gone. Hearing aid batteries are typically available from hearing aid centers and most major drugstores; however, if you're traveling outside the United States or to a remote location, you'll want to make sure you have your own supply.
- Hearing aid dryer. If you don't already have this equipment, consider investing in it. A hearing aid dryer, also known as a dehumidifier, is specifically designed to eliminate accumulated moisture in your hearing aids overnight. If your vacation involves the beach or sport-related activities that exposes you to water or causes you to perspire, this dryer will remove any remaining moisture after you wipe them down. There are many varieties available on the market today, most of which are the size of a small cosmetics jar or jewelry box. Contact your hearing aid manufacturer or hearing center for more information on where to purchase one that fits your make and model of hearing aid.
- Cleaning Tools. More than likely, your hearing aid center provided you with a cleaning kit when you purchased your hearing aids. Even though you're on vacation, it's still important to maintain a daily cleaning schedule. Consider purchasing an extra cleaning kit to keep in your travel bag. These kits are readily available online, in major drugstores or from your hearing aid center for a minimal cost ($6-$20) and include a wax removal brush, wax removal pick, tube vent cleaner, hearing aid battery door opener, and battery magnet.
- Other accessories. If you wear a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, consider packing a few extra tubes. Plastic tubing is one of the first part of a hearing aid to wear out. You might also want to consider purchasing a hearing aid sweat band or sleeve for your BTE. These sleeves can keep your hearing aid dry and free of environmental debris, such as sand or dust.
For extra peace of mind, consider purchasing insurance for your hearing aids. Much like cell phone insurance, these policies protect against loss or damage. Contact your hearing center for more information.
Finally, if you have time before your vacation, consider scheduling a visit to your audiologist for a pre-vacation inspection. Your audiologist can check the fit and condition of your hearing aid, which may help identify impending problems before they occur.