HURRICANES, EVACUATIONS and HEARING AIDS
For Hearing Aid Users
This year’s hurricane season has been unprecedented to say the least. There had been nine hurricanes to date with two more weeks before the season ends. Any news of a storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, prompts one to closely monitor the news to determine if the storm will intensify. There is always a sense of relief when the storm weakens. But when a storm intensifies to hurricane level, immediate preparations for a possible evacuation ensues.
For people wearing hearing aids, additional preparations are needed.
Here are some helpful tips:
1. Take photos of your hearing aids using your cell phone.
Storing photos of your hearing aids on your phone is one practical and easy way to save and access valuable information about the brand, style and sometimes serial numbers of the hearing aids. In the event of loss or damage, the photos can serve as reference in providing these information to help determine the replacement and repair warranty status of the hearing aids.
2. Bring extra batteries, domes, and hearing aid filters.
3. Bring a power bank or any extra power source if you have rechargeable hearing aids. This will allow you to charge your hearing aids in case of any power outages.
4. It is best to have a designated “ hurricane evacuation bag” for your hearing aid and hearing aid accessories.
Prepare all these ahead of time to eliminate the anxiety related to doing things at the last minute.
If you live in a hurricane-prone area, it pays to always be prepared.