Flying with hearing aids or using them on flights is simple.
Can I use hearing aids on an airplane? is a common question. In this blog post, we discuss all the key steps so you are well informed next time you fly away.
Flying with hearing aids
Travelling either for business or for pleasure is a common activity that should not be hindered in any way by hearing loss. With special care and attention, it will not pose any difficulty or stop you from using any kind of transport. Considering the more stringent airport regulations, it is likely to assume that boarding a plane with a hearing device may be a little different to using a hearing aid in a train or car.
Passing through airport security with hearing aids
Hearing aids are complex electronic devices and it is only natural to be concerned about flight regulations and requirements when you travel.
For ease, you should notify any security officers of your hearing impairment. Fortunately, there are no restrictions, which will not allow you to wear your hearing aid on the plane. When passing through the screening devices, you will not need to remove your hearing aid to pass through barriers, x-rays, or full body checkers. On the contrary, it is better to keep it on to facilitate communication with the airport officials. What you can do, is decrease the volume in order to avoid any disturbing noise coming from the interference with the signal from the scanner. Most importantly, you should also be aware that the screening devices at the airport will not damage your hearing aid and you can safely pass the security check.
Using hearing aids on flights
When boarding the plane, unless otherwise stated in the description of your hearing aid, it is safe to keep it on. Some people, though, prefer to turn it off in order avoid the background noise on board. However, you will not be required to turn it off while taking off and landing as it is not considered a personal electronic device and is not classified in the same category as MP3 players, iPods, laptops, mobile phones, smartphones etc. Nevertheless, it is good to know what regimes the hearing aid has and whether it features an FM system. In the latter case, you will need to switch it off.
If you are traveling to a hot and humid place, do not forget to pack a hearing aid dehumidifier in your luggage, as moisture can be detrimental to your hearing aid and may prevent it from functioning properly. Depending on your destination, you may not be able to find a specialist to fix it or a service may be expensive, so it is best to pack all you need for your hearing aid maintenance in advance.
Also, to help keep your ears safe when flying, Earplanes Flight Ear Protection, an ear plug specifically designed for air travel.
If you are not sure about the specific functions of your hearing aid, it is best to ask your audiologist beforehand or the flight attendant for assistance once on the plane.
Top tips for flying with hearing aids
To make your traveling experience as effortless as possible, there are several things you can do:
- Inform the airport officials that you have a hearing impairment so that you will be given proper attention.
- Ensure you have easy access to all the flight information just as for other passengers in cases of emergency.
- It is good to be prepared with additional fresh batteries, in both your hand and checked-in luggage, as purchasing them from your destination may not be straightforward.
- Bring all the appropriate accessories you need to keep your hearing aid safe and in proper working order.
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