Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids at the Airport?

Off on a winter break? Heading to the slopes for Christmas? If you are off on a trip that requires travel on an airplane, you might be worried about what to do with your hearing aids whilst going through the airport. Do not worry, we have set out some tips for you below.

Going through the scanners at security can be a daunting process, with having to remove everything metal from yourself and ensure you’ve given over all of your devices. Hearing aids are a tricky one to figure out considering they do have metal in and they are tiny devices. However, there is so little metal in them that they really shouldn’t set off the scanner. To be on the safe side, you should probably mention to the security team that you are wearing them but you do not need to remove them.

It’s worth knowing that most airports have T-loops now meaning you can connect your hearing aids to them if they are compatible. This will be helpful at passport control, security and check in for those with hearing aids. If you are worried about missing an announcement over the tannoy, simply speak to someone in customer relations at the airport as most have accessibility programmes meaning you don’t have to miss out! You can also check the screens in the departure lounges for information relating to your gate announcement.

Once you are on the plane, you can keep your hearing aids switched on. If you have Bluetooth enabled aids, you must ensure they are put into flight mode (in the same way any smart phones or laptops need to be). We all know how loud a plane’s engine is so some people turn the volume down on their aids to account for this. If you do this, ensure that either the flight attendant or the person you’re traveling with knows you have done this in case there is an emergency and you cannot hear the safety instructions clearly.

You should always remember to pack spare batteries or your charger for rechargeable aids, domes and wax filters so that you don’t run out while you are away. It’s best to take a small case with you to store your hearing aids overnight on the bedside table and you can keep your spare accessories in there too, as well as your daily cleaning kit.

If you need any advice about taking your hearing aids traveling with you, just drop us a message and we’ll be happy to help!

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