Are you traveling this summer? Making reservations, understanding public announcements and using the telephone can be difficult. These suggestions should make your travels easier and more enjoyable:
- Let the reservation agent know you have a hearing loss.
- Repeat the information so the agent can confirm the details.
- Ask for written confirmation to be mailed, emailed or faxed to you.
You can also make your travel reservations in person with a travel agent or by yourself on-line. Some travelers go on-line to make reservations, receive notification of any change in schedule and pre-print boarding passes.
Public announcements can be difficult to understand.
- Look for the video screens that post information on gates and departure times.
- If you’re concerned about hearing announcements, let the agent at the boarding gate know you have a hearing loss.
Telephones with built-in amplifiers are usually available in bus, train and airport terminals. Most public telephones are hearing aid-compatible. It’s still a good idea to carry a portable amplifier… or be sure to have a good cell phone with you.
- Most hotels and cruise ships provide assistive devices, such as amplified telephones and alerting devices for smoke and fire alarms.
- Televisions usually have built-in captioning that you can turn on. You may want to carry your own assistive devices since you’ll be more familiar with them.
- Let someone at the front desk know you have a hearing loss in case of emergency.
Your hearing aids
- Come in to Shea Hearing Aid Center for a preventive check-up on your hearing aids so they’re in good condition for your trip.
- Carry plenty of batteries.
- Pack a dri-aid kit or other durable container to protect your hearing aids.
- Consider carrying a spare set of aids, just in case.