Items to take:
--a small night light
--a supply of Hearing Loss Association of America Communication Tips to pass out
--your personal communication equipment
--extra hearing aid batteries
--a storage container for your hearing aids
--pen and paper
Discuss your preferred method of communication, using assistive devices other than your hearing aid, such as: Pocket Talker, Amplified Telehpone, Personal FM System.
Inform your doctor, your surgeon, and particularly your anesthesiologist of your hearing loss.
Make inquiries about medication. It may affect your hearing.
Suggest a note be prominently displayed on your medical records requesting spoken communication be brief, clear, and to the point.
Explain that you may not be able to understand staff members who speak through surgical masks.
Request staff members to give you instructions before putting on a mask.
Inform hospital personnel of available standard notes and stickers that can be used to alert your care givers to your hearing loss.
Inform hospital personnel that you may not understand public address announcements. Suggest a notice on the intercom at the nurses station to serve as a reminder.
Since different doctors, nurses, and aides will be attending you, it may be necessary and helpful to remind and explain to each of them about your hearing loss, and the communication strategies that work best for you.
Inquire about hospital policy regarding removal of your hearing aids during surgery. Ask where they will be held, for how long, and when you can expect their safe return.
If your hearing aids are removed, suggest that they be placed in a plastic bag attached to the medical record tht accompanies you to and from the operating and recovery rooms.
Learn to feel comfortable telling your visitors who stay too long that you and your ears tire easily.
While being cooperative and courteous, be assertive and persistent for accommodation of your hearing needs during your stay in the hospital.
-- Thanks to HLA (formerly SHHH) chapter in Rochester, NY, for compiling above info.