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Tips for Traveling When You Have Hearing Loss

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by MTC Limousine

limousine service NYC, NYC limo, westchester limousineIf you have hearing loss, you have to make some adjustment to help you go through your everyday routines. Whether you have had a hearing disability since birth or acquired it later in life, you undoubtedly have learned various techniques to help you communicate with people. 

You may also use devices, such as a hearing aid to process important sounds in your environment. People who need to travel for business and have hearing loss can take advantage of the experiences of other deaf people and improve their experience. With that in mind, here are some tips for traveling when you have hearing loss.

Before your next flight, take a moment and plan ahead to make sure you will be covered for any hearing-related issues. 

For example, take into account that you need a reliable way to get alerts and updates about your flight. A recent article at AARP recommends that people with hearing loss should sign up to get email or text message alerts after making reservations. This way, you will be sure to get notifications if a flight has been canceled or rescheduled. 

And when you make reservations, ask if the hotel has rooms that comply with Americans with Disabilities ACT Standards for Accessible Design, with rooms that have visual alarm systems (to let you know when someone is knocking on the door or when fire alarms are going off).

Pack a pen and pad of paper so you can quickly jot down a question in the airport. A hearing person who doesn’t know sign language can use the pad to write responses to you as well. This is particularly useful when you lack lip reading skills.

Notify the Transportation Security Administration officials about your hearing equipment ahead of time before they scan you. Many disabled travelers will carry a notification card with them to make communication easier with the TSA. 

At MTC Limousine, we are devoted to helping our customers have a safe and comfortable trip as our talented and knowledgeable chauffeurs take them from point A to point B. We hope these tips are useful for our readers who have hearing loss. If you have a colleague, friend or family member with hearing loss who needs to travel for business, please pass these tips along.

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