Tips for Travelling by Plane
-When booking a flight, always sign up for flight change alerts via text or email. If someone else books the flight for you, follow up with the airline to ensure you receive updated information by phone or email.
-Try to book a seat up front where the flight crew can find you and communicate with you if needed.
-Notify the flight staff and flight crew of your communication needs and ask them to let you know if there are any travel changes.
-Leave your hearing technology in place. Hearing aids and cochlear implants do not have to be removed before going through airport scanners.
-Airlines prohibit deaf and hard of hearing persons from sitting in exit row seats for safety reasons.
Tips for Travelling by Car
-If you’re the driver and you lip-read or sign/cue, teach your passengers to insert pauses in their conversation when your eyes are on the road.
-Extra-wide rear-view mirrors can be installed in cars, making it easier to communicate with back seat passengers.
-Ask passengers to use an FM system in order to deliver the conversation right to your ears. This allows you to keep your eyes on the road at all times.
-Use a Bluetooth phone system to provide hands-free access to calls.
Tips for Travelling by Bus or Train
-There are no visible names for each stop, enlist the help of a nearby seatmate to let you know when a certain stop comes up. Back when I travelled by train for my job, I would count the number of stops until mine. I’m grateful for busses and trains that have visual displays of stops and information.
-Tell a fellow traveller or an attendant that you have hearing loss so that you don’t miss any safety announcements.
Tips for staying in a hotel or resort
-Hotels have a visual signal alert for the doors and alarm clock. Ask for the “ADA Kit” at the front desk or when you make your reservations.
-Many hotels are now using universal remotes with the one-click “CC” closed-captioning button. No more having to go through five menu screens to turn on the captioning!
-If you’re travelling without an alarm clock and the hotel doesn’t have a visual alarm kit, one trick you can use to make sure you wake up early: Down a couple of glasses of water before heading to bed. This always wakes me up in time!
-If you’re travelling internationally, you may need an outlet converter to charge your rechargeable batteries for your implant or hearing aids, or to plug in your electronic devices.