Nothing says “Adventure, here we come!” like hitting the road, rails, and friendly skies to make new memories with friends and family near and far. Whether planning a short trip or an extended stay, don’t leave home without these six better-hearing tips for smooth sailing during winter togetherness and fun.
Check for Local Help
If you’re traveling well beyond your local area, check with us to find an AGXchange practice near your destination. If a practice is part of the program, you can see them while traveling at no extra cost. Now, that’s peace of mind!
Pack Extra Batteries
What’s worse than dead batteries? Not having spares when you need them most. Always bring a couple extra packages of batteries for your hearing aids so you don’t miss a beat. Oh, and don’t forget the spare charger for your smartphone!
Prepare for Noise
Got a concert, hunting trip, or hockey game on the itinerary? Remember your hearing protection. Excessive noise is one of the most common and preventable causes of hearing loss. Well-fitting earplugs, headphones, or earmuffs help deaden excessively loud soundsand can be customized to your ears.
Take Cover From the Cold
Keeping chilly air and water off your ears is more than a comfort issue. Overexposure to severe cold, wind, or moisture could bring problems such as exostosis, an abnormal bone growth in the ear canal that can lead to blockage, infections, and hearing loss. Take cover with a hat and scarf or earmuffs in especially cold conditions, and consider customized earplugs if your activities involve water.
Look for the Loop
Touring your host city? Some sites — museums, theaters, churches, and more — may have installed a hearing loop around their venue, letting you receive enhanced audio by wirelessly connecting through the T-coil setting on your hearing aid. Look for the hearing-loop logo at participating venues.
Protect Your Hearing Aids
Just like your ears, hearing technology is vulnerable to winter elements such as wind, precipitation, and cold weather. Packing a hat, a scarf, or earmuffs can help protect your devices — including the batteries. Removing the batteries nightly and leaving the battery door open also help curb potential moisture and maintain battery life.