The holidays can be challenging for if you’ve got hearing aids, both for yourself and for the people around you. Conversations can be a struggle, and misunderstandings are frustratingly easy to happen. If holiday travel and gatherings seem more trouble than they’re worth, try these tips for making your family time more hearing aid friendly.
Take an Accessory Bag
Of course you’ll pack your hearing aids, no matter where you go, but what about those all-important accessories? Fill a carrying case or bag with cleaning supplies and extra batteries. If you’re going to be flying, check with your airline to make sure your batteries are allowed in your carry-on luggage.
Make it TSA Friendly
It’s legal for you to wear your hearing aids through any TSA security point in the United States, but it’s always smart to give yourself some added insurance. Go to the TSA website and get a TSA Notification Card at least 72 hours in advance of your flight. This will help the process go more smoothly. If you’ll be flying out of the country, check with your airline to find the rules of your destination country.
Use Good Listening Habits
Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll probably land in a noisy chaos. To avoid getting confused by the jumble of voices, use these listening habits to help pinpoint the conversations you’re listening to:
- Concentrate on one speaker at a time
- Use mindful listening techniques, by seriously thinking about what you’re hearing
- Sit away from noisy children or machinery
- Leave the room for a couple of minutes if the conversation gets too overwhelming
Make Use of Available Technology
Your hearing aids will help a lot, but there is other technology that can clear through the fog and get you back into the conversation. If you’ve got any assisted listening devices, bring them along and use them. Check out your smartphone for apps, like Siri or Dragon Dictation. These voice recognition systems will listen for you, then type out the conversation.
It’s important to make sure your hearing aids are working correctly before you leave for vacation. Contact U.S. Hearing Solutions today to schedule an appointment. Our team offers patient-centered and compassionate care for those in need.