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Getting The Most Out of Your Vacation When You Have Hearing Loss

by April Maguire

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hearing loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, a chance to get away from the daily grind. Unfortunately, if you suffer from hearing loss, they can be just another source of frustration and anxiety. Luckily though, we're here to offer some useful tips to help you make the most of your time away from home and keep hearing loss from spoiling your vacation.

Arrive Early

If you or a loved one has difficulty hearing, then it's probably a good idea to start your travel day out early. Hearing loss is, after all, a disability, and that means your group may need a little extra time. Airports, for example, tend to be noisy, often making it difficult to understand PA announcements or instructions from the airport staff. So be sure to give yourself plenty of time to navigate the terminal.

Choose the Right Seat

For people with hearing loss, seating location can make a huge difference. When you reach the boarding area at the airport terminal, make sure you find a seat close to the gate. That will make it easier to hear all of the announcements that are being made. Similarly, when picking your seat on the plan, try to get a spot on the aisle so that you'll have an easier time communication with the flight attendants.

Let Everyone Know

Throughout your travels, it's a good idea to let the people you encounter to know that you or someone in your group suffers from hearing loss. When going through security, inform the screeners that you have difficulty hearing and ask them to speak slowly and clearly. Same with the attendant at the gate, the flight attendants, and any drivers you may speak with along your journey. By making everyone aware of the issue, you can dramatically cut down on potential miscommunication and unintended frustration, making the experience better for everybody.

Plan Activities Accordingly

When creating your trip itinerary, keep hearing loss issues in mind. In general, crowded, noisy environments tend to be more problematic for people with difficulty hearing, so try to pick activities or destinations where the noise pollution is at a minimum. Also, look for venues, such as theaters or museums, which have assistive technologies that can enhance the sound quality for people with hearing loss and keep them from feeling left out.

With proper planning, it's easy to get the most out of your vacation even if you or someone you love is struggling with hearing loss. Simply follow these tips, and you'll be well on your way to have the vacation of your dreams.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hearing loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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