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Travel Checklists For Kids With Amplification Technology

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I am checklist-dependent. I have learned that if I don’t make a checklist for my trip, I will inevitably forget something, usually something important. When my son was a baby, I forgot his baby blanket that he could not sleep without on a weekend trip. It was a very sad and sleepless trip for all of us. There was also a ski trip when I forgot my ski jacket and my daughter’s snow pants. Now I make checklists and I don’t forget things. The problem is, I became so dependent on them that I even go through a checklist when I step out the door every morning. I think: 1. Wallet, 2. Phone and 3. Keys. It’s a small list, but nonetheless I go through it every morning to make sure that I am ready to take on the world - or at least get to my office. Checklists are very important to me.

My love for checklists got me thinking that I would like to make some summer travel checklists for the families that I work with, particularly for the Listen and Talk Pre-K families. This is the season that I have to say goodbye to many families that I have worked with and grown to care very deeply about. I truly wish that I could just keep those Pre-K kids in our little preschool forever and ever, but alas they grow up and they are all so ready to fly away to the next and bigger stage in life - kindergarten! For those who are moving up and moving on, I will miss your bright smiles, your eagerness to share your funny stories, and your wonderful families who touch our hearts with their love for you in so many ways. And I dedicate the following summer travel checklists to you, with lots of love. Wishing you all fun adventures this summer!

 

IF YOUR CHILD USES COCHLEAR IMPLANT(S)

For Care And Maintenance

  • Rechargeable batteries and battery charger and/or disposable batteries and battery covers
  • Cleaning supplies - such as a small towel to wipe down the processor and a small brush to clean the microphone and/or replacement microphone protectors
  • A drying kit - like Dry and Store
  • A hard carrying case
  • A pair of monitor earphones

For Summer Fun

  • Retention devices - such as Snugfit
  • Swimming and sport accessories - such as Aqua+
  • Remote Mic or DM system - helpful in crowds and for the in-flight entertainment
  • A hat and/or a hoodie in case of rain

Just In Case

  • Spare parts - such as coils and cables
  • Backup sound processors
  • Patient ID card
  • The contact phone number for the CI manufacturer for equipment issues

Other Helpful Tips

  • A power strip is always helpful for plugging in your battery charger, remote mic and phones
  • Depending on where you go, international plug adapters are a must

 

IF YOUR CHILD USES HEARING AID(S):

For Care And Maintenance

  • Disposable batteries
  • Cleaning supplies - such as a small towel to wipe down the hearing aids, a small brush to clean the microphones and a wax loop for the earmolds
  • An air blower to dry moisture in the tube
  • A listening tube
  • A dry aid jar
  • A hard carrying case

For Summer Fun

  • Remote Mic or DM system - helpful in crowds and for the in-flight entertainment
  • A hat and/or a hoodie in case of rain

Just In Case

  • Spare parts - such as tubes and earhooks, which might require a pin removal tool, depending on the type
  • Backup hearing aids, if available
  • Backup earmolds, if available, or comply tips
  • The contact information of the clinical audiologist

Other Helpful Tips

  • A power strip is always helpful for plugging your battery charger, remote mic and phones
  • Depending on where you go, international plug adapters are must

 

My sincere gratitude to the two wonderful audiologists, Kerri Corkrum, AuD, CCC-A, at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Marissa Valdez, AuD, CCC-A, at Seattle School District, for checking my checklists for me.

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