How to Ensure Your Hearing Aids are Adjusted Correctly While Traveling the World

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Luxury travel is fun because you get to enjoy top-notch amenities, personalized service, unique experiences, and indulgent comforts. Upscale hotels, fine dining, private tours, and transportation make every part of the trip feel special. Luxury travel allows you to fully immerse yourself in new destinations in comfort and style.

Being able to hear correctly allows you to fully immerse yourself in new destinations, communicate with locals, stay safe in busy areas, and get the most out of tours and experiences. Keeping your hearing aids optimized during travel helps you connect with cultures, avoid missing important announcements, and hear sights clearly like music and nature.

Traveling with hearing aids requires some adjustments to settings and accessories to ensure you can hear well in different environments. Choosing the right program settings, bringing spare batteries and supplies, and utilizing accessories like travel loops and apps can help maximize hearing and minimize headaches during trips.

This article covers tips for optimizing your hearing aids while traveling.

Choosing the Right Program Settings

Most modern hearing aids include multiple listening programs that optimize settings for different environments. Visit to learn more about the various types of hearing aids available to those with hearing loss. Modern hearing aids come in different colors and sizes to suit all users.

Choosing the right program for your hearing aid is key for hearing your best in each travel scenario.

  • Air Travel: Use the program designed for noisy environments. This helps dampen engine noise and enhance voices. You may need to manually reduce volume upon takeoff and landing to avoid painful loud noises. Also, try out the telecoil program with airline headsets to improve audio quality.
  • Meetings & Restaurants: Opt for an automatic program that adjusts to varying noise levels or a moderate noise program. These balance boosting speech while reducing distracting background sounds like dishes clattering at restaurants. Avoid the quiet setting, which amplifies all sounds.
  • Tours & Sightseeing: To pick up a tour guide's voice clearly, select the program tailored for distant speech. This zooms in the microphone to voices far away from you. Avoid the echoes and distortion of the loud noise program.
  • Outdoors: Choose the wind noise reduction setting if available or a basic automatic program. This minimizes distracting wind whistling while enhancing speech and nature sounds.
  • Hotels: Use an automatic, moderate noise, or quiet setting depending on your room's ambient noise level. This ensures you wake up to soft alarm clocks but still hear speech and TV.

Checking Accessories

Bring extras of key hearing aid accessories when you are traveling, whether on a private plane or by car, to avoid being caught short. Pack at least a week's supply of batteries, including specific sizes for each hearing aid model. Bring cleaning tools and wipes to regularly maintain your devices. Also, pack silica gel packs to stick in your hearing aid case each night, absorbing moisture that could damage the aids.

If you have custom earmolds, toss in an extra set in case one gets lost or damaged. Purchase travel insurance for your hearing aids in case they are lost or damaged. Also, pack written details of your prescription and settings in case you need to see an audiologist. Your hotel concierge may be able to find a local audiologist if you have problems with your hearing aid while traveling.

Utilizing Travel Assistive Devices

Several assistive accessories make hearing easier while in transit. Use a pocket travel loop connected to your telecoil program when in taxis, limousines, trains, and other vehicles to hear the driver clearly. Pack a portable amplifying headset to boost in-flight entertainment and movies.

Download museum and tour apps that provide transcripts and audio guides synchronized via Bluetooth to your hearing aids. Bring a wireless TV streamer to relay audio from hotel room TVs directly into your ears. Use air travel apps that provide real-time transcriptions of airport announcements.

Adapting to New Acoustics


Moving between different acoustic environments can impact hearing aid sound quality. Take the time to adjust to new acoustics and tweak settings accordingly for clear comfortable hearing.

When you enter an airport, restaurant, hotel lobby, or other echoey large space, switch to a program with less amplification and noise reduction to reduce echoes. Turn down loudness if sound becomes distorted or hollow. When settled into smaller spaces like hotel rooms or taxis, try out automatic programs to get balanced amplification and noise reduction.

It can take a few hours for the brain to adapt to new acoustic environments. Make incremental program adjustments over this adjustment period. Save more dramatic setting changes for a professional audiologist once home.

Visiting Audiologists

If you are taking an extended trip, consider booking an appointment with a local audiologist, particularly if you will be in a foreign country with major language differences. They can adjust settings and programs tailored for the unique acoustics, noises, and language of the location. They can also address any hearing aid issues that pop up on the trip so you don’t have to wait until returning home.

Protecting Hearing Aids

Take extra care to keep hearing aids safe, dry, and free of debris while traveling. Use a dry aid kit or desiccant pack in your case. Wipe down earmolds and aids each night and morning to avoid moisture damage. Invest in a protective travel case like a hard shell carrying box.

When passing through airport security, inform agents you have hearing aids and avoid scanner conveyors that could demagnetize them. During flights, remove aids during take-off and landing to avoid pain from air pressure changes. Keep aids in the case when in wet environments like boats.

With some smart preparation and program adjustments, your hearing aids can deliver great sound quality and speech understanding no matter where your travels take you. Focus on choosing the right settings for each situation, stocking up on spare supplies and batteries, utilizing helpful accessories, and taking steps to protect your valuable aids. With the right settings and preparation, you can explore new places while hearing and communicating at your best.

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