Summer is here! If you're like many people, you may be thinking about leaving town on vacation soon. Traveling with a hearing aid is doable and doesn't have to be anxiety producing, if you know how to avoid problems. These tips will help you get ready to travel with a hearing aid, so that you can travel safely and without anxiety about your device.
Pack your extra set of batteries in your carry-on luggage in case you need access to your batteries after your bags have been checked. If you have a hearing aid repair kit, bring that in your checked luggage as well, but leave behind any sharp tools or instruments.
Many travelers are concerned about getting through security while wearing their hearing aids. Fortunately, the TSA has very clear policies regarding air travel with a hearing device. You won't need doctor's note explaining or justifying your device. You can walk through airport security while wearing your hearing aid, however, you may be asked to remove the device for additional inspection, should it raise concerns during the screening process.
Communication is important during airport security checks. Make your condition known to the TSA agents. If you have a preferred method of communication, make that known as well.
At the Gate
Some hearing aids are designed to help people in crowded places, while others are better for one-on-one conversations. If your hearing aid is less effective in crowded places, keep a close eye on the departures board and watch the time as you wait for your plane. Come to the gate several minutes before it's time for the boarding call, and pay attention to the attendants near the gate doorway. Avoid the temptation to read or engage in other distracting activities while waiting for your flight.
On the Plane
Standard hearing aids may be left on during the flight. However, if you own an FM assistive device, that will need to be turned off for the duration of the flight. Do this as soon as you sit down in your seat. You may turn the FM assistive device back on as soon as the plane has docked at the gate.
For more information and advice about travel with hearing aids, speak with your audiologist before leaving on your trip. He or she will be able to give you any warnings and make helpful suggestions that will help your trip go smoothly.
For more information, contact Advantage Hearing & Audiology or a similar location.