The summer months are the perfect time to get out and about. But whether you’re travelling around Australia or abroad, here are some important tips to help you get the most out of your holiday.
Before you go
- Make sure you clean your hearing aid and pack your cleaning tools, just in case.
- If you have spare hearing aids, check that they work and take them with you.
- Take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of loss or theft.
- Make a note of the hearing aid clinics in the area you’re travelling to.
- Make sure you sign up for flight change alerts to be sent to you by text or email.
- Notify the flight crew of your communication needs at the beginning of your flight.
- Travel near the front so you can more easily communicate with the flight crew if you need to.
- It’s normal to hear a hum or buzz when walking through airport security, so you may want to switch your aids off when walking through the detectors.
Trains (and buses)
- If stops are not clearly marked you can ask a fellow passenger to inform you of when your destination is called out.
- Inform staff of your communication requirements so that they can let you know of any important safety announcements that you may otherwise miss.
- If you’re the driver, you can get an extra large rear-view mirror to make communication easier via lip-reading or hand signals, but make sure your passengers know that your concentration should be on the road ahead.
- You can use a Bluetooth phone system to access hands free calls and an FM system to pipe their conversation directly into your ears.
For when you get there
- International travellers should remember to bring a charger converter to recharge hearing aid batteries and other electronic devices.
- It’s best to pack a visual alarm kit as you might not be able to count on the place you’re staying providing you with one.
When staying somewhere whose facilities don’t cater to the needs of hearing impaired, take the time to write them a letter or email, or fill out one of their suggestion cards so you can help them to improve their service to the wider community.
As you can see, with just a little extra planning you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your holiday without having to worry that you’re missing anything.