The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2019, 7.1% of adults ages 45 and older used a hearing aid. If you’re among this population and you wear hearing aids, you’re probably already aware that some activities need a little extra preparation and planning. This includes going on a cruise. We review tips for planning a cruise if you wear hearing aids below.
Research Available Accommodations
Prior to booking your cruise, research what various cruise lines offer in terms of accommodations for those with hearing loss. Some that may be offered include assistive listening devices, sign language interpretation services and closed captioning on TVs.
Pack Your Hearing Aids & Accessories
Once you’ve booked your cruise and you’re getting ready to pack, it’s important that you don’t forget any of your hearing aids or accessories. Be sure to wear your hearing aids and pack any accessories in a bag you’ll be carrying with you. Include your charger or spare batteries from Gateway Fred Meyer as well as your cleaning kit, a dehumidifier and any other assistive devices you use.
Introduce Yourself to Crew Members
After you’ve settled into your room on the cruise ship, take the time to introduce yourself to some of the crew members. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can tell them about your hearing loss and communication preferences. In the event of an emergency or a drill, they will know to find you and provide assistance.
Ask to Be Seated Somewhere Quiet in the Dining Room
During meals, you can ask the server or steward if you can be seated in a quiet corner so you can better hear your travel companions. If you can, request a table away from the kitchen and waiter’s station.
Participate in Many Activities
To make the most out of your experience, make sure you participate in as many of the activities the cruise line has to offer as possible. At each station, you can ask about any available accommodations that will improve your experience.
To learn more about communication strategies to try while on your cruise or for more information about hearing aids and accessories, call the experts at Mt. Hood ENT & Allergy today.