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This entry was posted on 8th September 2017 by Stuart Cantebury.
Flying with hearing aids or using them on flights is simpler than you may imagine.
People generally worry about travelling with hearing aids and 'Can I use hearing aids on an airplane?' is a common question. In this blog post, we discuss all the key steps to keep you informed for the next time you fly away.
Hearing loss should not hinder travelling, either for business or pleasure. With a few simple tips, it will not pose any difficulty or stop you from using any kind of transport. Considering the more stringent airport regulations, you may think that boarding a plane with a hearing device may be a little different to using a hearing aid in a train or car.
To make your traveling experience as effortless as possible, there are several things you can do:
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. There are no restrictions which will prevent you from wearing your hearing aid on the plane. 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 any interference with the signal from the scanner. Most importantly, the screening devices at the airport will not damage your hearing aid and you can safely pass the security check.
You can download and print a notification card from the Transport Security Administration so you can subtly and discreetly inform staff of your hearing impairment.
It is safe to keep your hearing aid on when boarding the plane, unless otherwise stated in the manual. Some people, though, prefer to turn it off in order avoid the background noise on board. You will not be required to turn it off while taking off and landing. It isn't 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 features the hearing aid has. For example, if it features an FM system, 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. 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's best to pack all you need for your hearing aid maintenance in advance.
Also, to help keep your ears safe when flying you can use Earplanes Flight Ear Protection, an ear plug specifically designed for air travel. You can read more about ear popping, pressurisation and how to fix it in our blog post: Ear Popping Problems
It's best to ask your audiologist beforehand if you are not sure about the specific functions of your hearing aid. You can also ask the flight attendant for assistance once on the plane.
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This entry was posted in Hearing Information, Hearing Loss and tagged Hearing loss, hearing aids, Travel on 8th September 2017 by Stuart Cantebury.
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