The warm summer temperatures may bring out the insects and other pesky bugs, but for many, it also brings on a favorable bug – the travel bug. Summer is high season for travel, with many people taking advantage of school being out as the perfect time for family vacations. For those who are hearing impaired, however, the idea of travel may be slightly intimidating. Fortunately, it does not have to be. The right preparation and expectations can help ease those anxieties.
Implement these 6 travel tips for the hearing impaired to ensure a better overall travel experience this summer.
- Pack wisely – ensure your hearing aids and accompanying accessories are packed in a safe place (within your carry-on bags) and pack extra batteries, cleaning materials, and outlet converters if you’re traveling internationally
- While planning, look for amenities at lodging locations and hotels such as phones and fire alarms that flash
- Sign up for text or email alerts for bookings to ensure you do not miss any updates or changes to your reservations
- When using public transportation such as rideshares, taxis, or airplanes, be sure to inform your driver and related employees (ie. flight attendants, gate agents) of your hearing impairment, as this makes it easier for them to assist you
- If flying, arrive early, this will give you more time to work out any issues that may arise, making it less stressful
- When choosing attractions, look for accessibility options like teleloops or interpreters at museums and theaters
In today’s society, more businesses are better equipped to accommodate those who are hearing impaired, making travel and other everyday activities a lot easier. For questions regarding hearing loss and hearing loss solutions, contact New Generation Hearing Centers today.