Traveling with Hearing Loss
Many of us are looking ahead and starting to plan trips for the Spring and Summer seasons. Maybe you’re going to take the family to Disney or head west to see the Grand Canyon. Or, maybe you’re traveling to Hawaii for a beach vacation. No matter where you’re going, a vacation is always something to look forward to and enjoy!
However, if you’re living with untreated hearing loss, you may not be getting as much out of your vacations as you would like. While you might be able to see the ocean, your hearing loss might prevent you from enjoying the peaceful sound of the waves.
Or, you might have a hard time hearing the important announcements at the airport or understanding someone’s thick accent. These things can make travel difficult and can cause you to miss out on important moments!
We understand that it can be difficult to confront the fact that you are living with hearing loss, especially if it doesn’t yet seem to impact your quality of life. But when all of your senses are working together, you won’t have to miss out on all of the little things that make life wonderful — like vacations! And we think you deserve that.
Common Issues That Arise When You Travel with Untreated Hearing Loss
Issue #1 – Hearing Airport Announcements
Traveling through airports is never really easy, but if you’re living with untreated hearing loss, it can be so much more difficult. Even mild hearing loss contributes to issues in understanding conversations and when you add in all of the background noise that you encounter in an airport, it can be a very frustrating experience. Airport announcements are usually important, so it’s necessary that you’re able to hear them clearly.
Issue #2 – Navigating Your Hotel Room
Hotel rooms can be a little tricky. The phones, televisions, and alarms in your room are all set up for people who do not experience hearing loss, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to function and feel safe in your hotel room. Even if your hearing loss is more severe, there are accommodations that can be made so you can have a comfortable stay.
Issue #3 – Understanding Those With Accents
Accents can be a lot harder to understand if you are living with untreated hearing loss, especially for older individuals and especially if there is other background noise. If you’re planning to travel to a place where the people will have accents, this could become an issue.
Issue #4 – Enjoying the Sounds Around You
Vacations are a truly sacred time. After all, you spend so much time, energy, and money planning your trip and when you finally get there, you want to enjoy it fully, without any of the sacrifice or frustration that can come with untreated hearing loss. Don’t miss out on any important announcements, conversations, or sounds of nature!
How Can We Help?
If you are living with untreated hearing loss or have been putting off a hearing evaluation, call us now! Our hearing aids range in price, but we can tell you that they are less expensive than the average vacation. We think that’s a small price to pay when you think about the years you’ll be able to enjoy and experience life – reconnected with family and friends, on vacation, and at home!