Summer is the perfect time to take a vacation. Time to relax, rejuvenate, and explore new places are some of the best medicine for the mind and for the body. But if you have hearing loss, traveling can easily become more stressful than it is enjoyable.
Traveling with hearing loss is possible! Don’t be intimidated by it. Here are five tips that encourage you to get out there and see the world.
There is nothing worse than arriving in a new place and not have a plan once you get there. It might be fun for a while, but it could quickly become frustrating if you struggle to communicate effectively because of your hearing loss. What if you’re in a crowded city and hearing someone when they give you directions is almost impossible?
Print off directions and itineraries and write down the addresses of places you’re visiting. Plan ahead for what you’re going to do each day, figure out directions, and decide what you’d like to do before it becomes too complicated and frustrating to figure out. You’ll be thankful you did.
The last thing you want is to miss your flight or your train because you couldn’t hear. Arriving early will give you the chance to find the right terminal or platform well before it’s time for boarding. It will also give you the chance to familiarize yourself with your surroundings and where helpful kiosks are located.
Letting others know that you have hearing loss could alleviate unnecessary stress when it comes to communication. Don’t be afraid to tell those you are with and those who are there to help that you can’t hear well. This not only makes it easier for you, it could also be instrumental in your safety while traveling.
It’s important that those around you are able to help you as you’re traveling. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. It will give you and everyone you’re with a more enjoyable experience.
Use visual information.
Signs exist for everyone and anyone! If you aren’t sure where you are or where to go, look up and around and see if you can use visual information to figure out what you need to know.
Traveling, especially to an unfamiliar place or even a foreign country, can be intimidating. Use signs to your advantage whenever you find yourself somewhere new. They are a valuable resource when you need to know where you’re located, where help might be found, or directions for where you need to go.
Wear hearing aids.
Hearing aids can be the best tool available to you when you’re traveling. It’s frustrating enough trying to navigate a new place with hearing loss. If you wear hearing aids, it could be much easier to communicate with others, find your way around, and stay safe while having fun.
If you do have hearing aids, be prepared for anything while you’re traveling. Bring extra sets of batteries and tubing in case you need them, or if you have rechargeable devices, make sure you pack your charging station.
Traveling this summer can be a wonderful experience if you take the time to prepare. Plan ahead, arrive early, and tell those you’re traveling with that you have a hearing impairment. If you’re flying, let your flight attendant know, and feel free to ask for assistance if you need it. Don’t forget to pay attention to signs and other visual information if you’re not sure where to go or where you’re located. And if you have hearing aids, don’t leave home without them.
We hope you enjoy your vacation this summer! If you want to learn more about hearing aids and how they could help you, give us a call today at (215)855-4217, and we’ll help you hear like you were meant to.