When Traveling With Hearing Aids
It is important to be well prepared when getting ready to travel as a hearing aid user. You should always assume that wherever you are going you will not have the necessary supplies needed to continue hearing aid use.
The following are some helpful tips for traveling hearing aid users:
- Be sure to travel with an ample supply of batteries to make sure that you have enough batteries (and then some) to make it through your trip. For people who use chargers make sure you do not forget to take the charger with you.
- Be sure to travel with your cleaning kit as well as extra tubing, soft domes and/or other accessories required for proper hearing aid function.
- Be sure to travel with a cell phone that is compatible with your hearing aids.
When traveling by air, according to TSA guidelines yo should notify the security officer that you are wearing hearing aids. However, do not remove your hearing aids when going through airport security unless otherwise instructed. Removing your hearing aids while going through airport security may cause you to miss important announcements from airport officials. Once you are on the airplane you are not required to turn your hearing aids off as is the case with other portable electronic devices. The FAA exempts such devices as hearing aids and pacemakers as they don't give off strong signals that could interfere with aircraft controls.
Till next time,
Kostas (Gus) Neoclis, Sc.D., CCC-A, Audiologist