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Travel Advice for People with Hearing Loss

Whether for business or for fun, travel is an important part of our lives. However, for more than 20 million people in the U.S. with hearing loss, travel can be difficult. The good news is that with a little preparation and some common-sense precautions, travel can be a lot easier.

Getting Ready

Here is a checklist of things you can do that will make the whole experience smoother and help avoid unnecessary problems.

Have Your Hearing Aids Checked Before You Leave. Before leaving on any trip, make sure your hearing aids are working properly. Have them checked by a hearing care professional and ask for a referral to hearing professionals in the areas where you’ll be staying.

Taking a Bus or Train

If flying on an airplane is not your favorite experience, taking a bus or train may be the best way to travel. Trains are the faster way to get to your destination. Amtrak requires passengers with hearing loss to purchase their tickets 14 days ahead of schedule. Amtrak offers discounts to those with disabilities as well as one additional travel companion. Special room accommodations can also be made for those with wheelchairs or limiting disabilities.

Traveling Tips

Once you are on your way, there are some things you can do to make the trip more enjoyable and less stressful.

What to do When You Get There

Keeping Road Trips Safe

Road trips are great opportunities to explore new places and savor new experiences. And traveling by car is a great time to talk with your travel companions or relax as the scenery goes by. But car travel poses special challenges for hearing aid wearers. Here are some tips to help keep you safe on the road.

Have Fun!

Traveling can be one of life’s greatest experiences. With a little planning and prudent preparation, it can also be safe and trouble-free.
Happy trails!

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