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Six tips for flying with hearing aids

Flying on planes is something almost everyone has to do, especially if you have family and friends in other parts of the world. Whether you’re taking a vacation or flying for business, it’s important to know how your hearing aids factor into your experience.

Flying on planes is something almost everyone has to do, especially if you have family and friends in other parts of the world. Whether you’re taking a vacation or flying for business, it’s important to know how your hearing aids factor into your experience.

No matter how often you fly, you might have questions regarding your hearing aids. It’s important to be prepared before every flight, and your hearing aids are just as important as your passport or ticket info. Becoming stranded in an unfamiliar place without your hearing aids can ruin your experience and interfere with your plans. To avoid these unexpected mishaps, it’s important to set up a game plan. Here are six tips on how to travel with hearing aids, from the security checkpoint to your destination.

  1. Make sure they’re fully charged. Charge your hearing aids overnight or remember to have a fresh set of batteries to hand.
  2. Let someone know you’re hard of hearing. Whether it’s your flight attendant or you’re the
    person sitting next to you, be sure to inform them of your hearing loss. In the event of an
    emergency, they can make accommodations for you.
  3. Bring cleaning supplies and a dehumidifier. Some cases have dehumidifiers built-in. If yours
    doesn’t, make sure to bring one along with your cleaning kit. These will keep your hearing aids
    clean and fresh while you’re away from home.
  4. Flying internationally? Buy a converter. If your hotel/host doesn’t provide a converter, you
    might be in trouble. If you’re flying to a foreign country, buy a converter online. This allows you
    to charge your hearing aids wherever you’re going.
  5. Don’t book seats in the exit row. This is a safety regulation that applies to passengers who
    are hard of hearing, so make sure that your seats are planned ahead of time and book seats in
    the middle of the plane.
  6. Turn down the volume when walking through metal detectors! Some scanners might cause
    you to hear a loud, distorted sound while walking through the metal detector. To avoid
    confusion, inform airport security of your hearing aids beforehand.