Tips, Tricks, and Essentials for Stress-Free Travel
Whether you’re being whisked away to a tropical paradise or enjoying a staycation in the UK, it’s important to ensure that all of your hearing aid necessities are accounted for.
Even one forgotten item, like a spare tube or battery, can impact your entire trip.
To help you stay on top of your hearing needs, especially in humid conditions that require special care, we’ve prepared a handy checklist:
- Hearing Aid The most important piece of equipment on this list!
- Cleaning Kit Sand in your tube is a definite holiday downer. A cleaning kit is essential for maintaining the quality and performance of your hearing aid, especially when facing elements like sand and humidity. Learn more about maintaining your device with our guide on How to Clean Your NHS Hearing Aids.
- Batteries or chargers Whilst recharging your body and mind on holiday, you can’t forget to give your hearing aid the same treatment.
- Spare Tubes Don’t get your tubes in a twist, just replace them! Having spares is crucial. Learn more about the importance and process of changing tubes in our article on The Importance of Changing Your Hearing Aid Tubes.
- Assisted Listening Devices Devices like Multi Mic, Phone Clip+, and TV streamer can enhance your hearing in various environments, making your holiday even more enjoyable and ensuring you don’t miss any of the action or conversation.
NHS patients get 25% off these wireless accessories with a 60-day refund policy. Novus Health also offers a demo service where patients can try before they buy. However, this is subject to availability due to popularity. Explore more and find the right device for you on the Novus Hearing Assisted Listening Devices page.
Tips and tricks whilst travelling with hearing aids
Remember the BeMore App
Use the BeMore App for a personalised hearing experience in busy environments like restaurants or concerts, the app gives you fantastic convenience and control. Adjust the volume to your liking, or even drown out unnecessary noise. If you haven’t yet downloaded the app or want to know more about using it, visit the Using the BeMore App page on our website.
Keep them dry
If you’re going to a tropical place or having a relaxing beach vacation, be aware of environmental factors that can affect your hearing aids. Make sure you remove your hearing aids before jumping in the ocean, pool, or hot tub! If your hearing aids do get exposed to moisture, it’s essential to dry them properly. Open the battery compartments and leave the hearing aids to air dry in a safe place overnight, or use a hearing aid dehumidifier if you have one. Proper drying ensures that your hearing aids continue to function optimally, even after exposure to humidity or accidental moisture contact.
When travelling by car
If you’re travelling by car whilst on holiday, remember not to leave your hearing aids in the dashboard. Cars heat up very quickly, and high temperatures can damage your hearing aids.
Your holiday will be all the more enjoyable when you can engage fully in conversations. Always face the person you’re listening to, as visual cues can enhance your understanding. Utilising tools like the BeMore app, along with simple communication strategies, ensures you won’t miss out on any fun chats around the pool or dinner table.
Dine out at quieter times
If you’re planning to eat out, consider choosing very early or very late times for lunch or tea. Restaurants are often quieter during these times, making it easier to engage in conversation without straining to hear. If you’re unsure of the best time to dine, don’t hesitate to call the restaurant ahead and ask about their quieter hours, or ask to be seated at a quieter table. This simple strategy can enhance your dining experience and help you connect more easily with family and friends.
Project your hearing aids from hairspray
When getting ready for a night out or a special event, remember that hairspray can damage your hearing aids. Before applying hairspray, remove your hearing aids and place them in a safe location. Wait for the hairspray to dry completely before replacing your hearing aids. This simple precaution ensures that you won’t accidentally spray your hearing aids, which could cause damage or impede their functionality.
Stay connected with remote assistance
Going on holiday doesn’t mean you’re on your own when it comes to your hearing aid needs. With the BeMore app, you have the power of remote assistance right at your fingertips. If you find yourself struggling to adjust your hearing aid to changing environments, you can request assistance from Novus Health to fine-tune your hearing aid, through the app. Consent to your audiologist adjusting your hearing aid settings and volume, even while you’re miles away from home.
This includes tailoring the behaviour of your hearing aids to ensure they are working optimally for you. It’s like having a personal audiologist with you on your trip, making sure you don’t miss a beat.
If you’re not already using the BeMore app, you can learn more and download it here. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing support is always within reach.By taking these considerations into account, your hearing aids can remain a helpful companion throughout your holiday, rather than a source of stress.
If you have any more questions or need additional guidance on caring for your hearing aids while travelling, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Novus Health.
Enjoy your trip!