The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, “In 2019, 7.1% of adults aged 45 and over used a hearing aid; use was higher among men than women in all age groups.” If you’re one of this number who wears hearing aids, and if you’re planning a cruise with your loved ones, we review tips for getting the most out of the experience below.
Research Their Accommodations
Prior to booking your cruise, be sure to research what different cruise lines offer in terms of accommodations for people with hearing loss who wear hearing aids. This may include assistive listening devices, sign language interpretation services and closed captioning on TVs. This website provides a list of some popular cruises and the accommodations they offer.
Pack Hearing Aids & Accessories
Once you’ve booked your trip and it’s time to pack, it’s important that you don’t forget any of your hearing essentials. Wear your hearing aids and pack any necessary accessories in your suitcase. Include your charger or spare batteries, as well as your cleaning kit, a dehumidifier and any assistive listening devices you use.
Introduce Yourself to Crew Members
After you’re settled into your room on the cruise ship, take some time to introduce yourself to the crew members. Tell them about your hearing loss and needs. In the event of an emergency or drill, they will know to find you and let you know what’s going on.
Ask to Be Seated Somewhere Quiet
When dining, ask the server or steward if you can be seated in a quiet corner so you can better hear your travel companions. Specifically, request a table away from the kitchen and waiter’s station.
Participate in Activities
To make the most out of your experience, make sure you participate in as many of the activities the cruise line offers as possible. At each station, you can ask about accommodations to 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 LeMay Hearing & Balance today.