As we approach the holidays, we marvel at how quickly time has passed with everything going on in 2020!
With the holidays come visits to family, holiday gatherings, and travel! But if you suffer with hearing loss, you may be wondering what else you need to keep in mind this year as you plan for your holiday travels.
Hearing Impaired and On the Road
Unexpected problems can arise when you struggle with hearing loss. You may experience trouble understanding announcements at train stations or airports, or difficulty distinguishing new warnings like hotel smoke alarms and ringing phones.
You may get flustered being in an unfamiliar environment, or experience frustrations due to lack of sign language or adequate written signage. If you aren’t fully prepared, being in an unfamiliar setting can make travel more difficult.
What’s the Plan?
With the proper planning, most of these issues can be avoided and you can have a smooth travel experience.
How to make your travel as worry-free as possible:
- Arrange as much of your trip in advance as possible. Carry a printout of your reservations so you can check the details whenever you need to and show agents along the way. Let employees at each leg of your journey know that you are hearing impaired to ensure sufficient accommodations.
- If you are using a travel agent, meet in person before your trip to guarantee adequate communication and thorough preparation of all segments of your trip. Your agent can help you contact airlines, hotels, and attractions to make bookings and any specific accommodations.
- Print out confirmation numbers, itineraries, maps, and reservations to ensure a smooth trip.
- Always arrive early and let attendants and agents know you are hearing impaired. This way they will be sure to let you know all pertinent announcements and boarding calls.
- Always have your destination and flight number on you and take notice of the display board to stay updated on changes of information.
- Choose aisle seats on airplanes so you can easily communicate with flight attendants.
- Make friends as you travel! Many people will be more than happy to help you when you need it.
Traveling with Hearing Aids
If you use hearing aids, planning can ensure you do not run into technical difficulties during your travels.
- Carry your hearing aid equipment in your personal bag in case your luggage is lost temporarily in transit.
- If you have a dehumidifier, bring it along! This will help to prevent unanticipated problems with moisture as you move into different climates.
- Also bring batteries and extra tubing just in case. It’s never a bad idea to be prepared!
With a little planning and forethought, you will have smooth travel and a great time this holiday season!
Remember that the first step to halting hearing loss and preventing further damage is to recognize your situation. Come in today for a hearing screening and formulate a strategy to train your brain to listen actively and effectively.
Diablo Hearing Services 2301 Camino Ramon, STE 106 San Ramon (925) 394-4646