Summer is the perfect time to pack up and hit the road. Whether you are planning on a trip to the mountains, lake or city, it is likely you will have a packing list to help prepare for your excursion. If you’re one of 48 million Americans who have been diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss, knowing what to pack when traveling with hearing aids is crucial!

Pack the right hearing aid accessories

A basic hearing aid travel kit includes extra batteries, a portable dry-aid for hearing aids, an extra hearing aid cleaning brush and a battery remover. If you will be traveling in a remote area for a long time, consider a backup pair of hearing aids, in case something dramatic occurs to your regular set.

If part of your plans include water activities, it is vital that you bring a couple of waterproof containers. Waterproof containers can be found in the water sports section of sporting goods stores. Since they are relatively inexpensive, consider purchasing several to keep in your favorite summer locales. An easy way to have a container on hand is store one with all the summer essentials, such as sunscreen, towels, sunglasses and flip-flops. When you’re ready to enter the water, just pop your hearing aids into the container before splashing or swimming.

Vacation tips and tricks

Should your hearing aids begin to malfunction while you’re on vacation, knowing a few tips and tricks about your hearing aid could help you troubleshoot the issue.

For example, you should check the battery’s position and strength if the sound of the hearing aid is weak or completely gone. If the battery checks out okay, make sure the volume is set to an appropriate level.

If the hearing aid is producing feedback, turn the volume of the device down. Excessively high volume creates a whistling or squealing noise.

Replace the battery altogether if the hearing aid emits a distorted or inconsistent sound.

Visit a hearing care provider

If these do-it-yourself, troubleshooting efforts fails, you’ll need to visit a hearing healthcare professional while you’re on vacation, if it’s possible. To find a reputable hearing healthcare professional in the area where you’re vacationing, visit websites that offer reviews, or consider calling your health insurance, which can provide several options.

Don’t forget to look at the hearing healthcare’s credentials. A Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) is the highest degree a hearing healthcare professional can earn. Other hearing healthcare professional certifications include Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) and National Board Certified in Hearing Instrument (NBS-HIS).

When traveling with hearing aids, consider scheduling an appointment with your hearing healthcare professional prior to your departure date to ensure your devices are working properly!