The bustling atmosphere of a big city can either draw you in or keep you away. It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure! Making a visit to a new city, especially one that is busy and exciting, can be a great getaway. Unless you have hearing loss. Exploring a new city could be altogether intimidating and uninviting.
You might be hesitant to visit a new city because you have hearing loss. Your sense of awareness has to be heightened to accommodate your inability to hear well. You’ll need to keep in mind the increase in traffic and when it’s safe to cross the street while being mindful of the crowds of people. Not to mention how easily you could get turned around walking through new streets.
Being a new city can be intimidating, but it isn’t impossible. Your hearing loss doesn’t have to keep you away. There’s still an adventure out there waiting for you!
Here’s how you can enjoy your next trip while embracing your hearing loss.
1. Take care of your hearing aids.
This is obvious, right? We don’t just mean you should keep them from breaking. Your hearing aids are a bridge to keep you connected to the world around you. Taking care of them is essential to your awareness, safety, and enjoyment.
You should always keep an extra set of batteries for your devices on hand. If they are rechargeable, have an extra charging station in your bag. The last thing you need is a set of unusable hearing aids because the battery died.
You should also routinely maintain your devices by keeping them clean and free of debris. It’s not always easy to do it yourself, which is why our audiologists are always willing to help you. We can look at your devices, send them out for maintenance if they’re under warranty, and clean them ourselves.
2. Plan ahead.
Having a plan might seem like it takes the spontaneity out of a trip to a new city, but you’ll be glad you did. You don’t necessarily need to plan every detail of your day, but you can create a plan that will keep you safe and allow you to enjoy yourself.
You should have a map of the city. This is essential for just about everyone, hearing loss or not! If you’re traveling in a group, designate a meeting place in the event that you split up. You should always be open and honest with the people you’re with, too. Telling them about your hearing loss is helpful, not harmful.
Planning for your trip means being prepared for anything. If you’re traveling alone, make sure someone back home knows you’re on a trip.
Untreated hearing loss causes many people to withdraw and cease communicating effectively. Embarrassment or frustration could be a key factor.
Traveling can be an incredible experience, and it is enhanced by communicating with the people around you. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling alone or with others, there is so much you can learn from the people who are native to the place you’re visiting.
Communicating with locals gives you the chance to learn new things. You can ask them for help, directions, or their recommendations. Communicating is one of the most important tools to a great trip, so use it to your advantage.
Traveling and seeing new cities is an amazing experience! You can see the world even if you have hearing loss.
We want to help you enjoy your next trip. If you suspect you have hearing loss, we can evaluate if hearing aids would be right for you. If your hearing devices haven’t been serviced in a while, we can help with that too! Give us a call at 215-855-4217.