Whether it’s going on an overseas holiday, visiting friends and family for the holidays or just a road trip, travelling should be fun. But for those with hearing aids and hearing loss, travelling may prove a little more difficult.
We’re here to help with these tips for travelling with hearing aids/hearing loss.
Whether you’re going for a few days or for a few weeks, it is important to make sure you have all of your hearing aid equipment. We recommend you write a pre-travel checklist and have a carry bag just for your hearing aids and accessories.
Make sure you’ve got enough of everything to last the trip, plus a bit extra.
We recommend packing the following items:
- Replacement batteries and some spares. Pack batteries in your carry-on luggage rather than your suitcase.
- Charging station and charger cable for rechargeable devices. The country adaptor when travelling internationally
- Dryer or dehumidifier for drying out moisture from the devices
- Cleaning tools & replacement accessories eg. domes, brush, wax filters (and know how to use them)
- Hearing aid storage box
- If you have old working hearing aids at home, pack them as spares.
Also Travel Insurance – make sure to specify your condition in any travel insurance policy and check your hearing aids are included for loss, damage & theft on your travel insurance policy. You may wish to consider packing a travel vibrating alarm clock for those early starts.
At the airport
People travelling with hearing aids often worry about whether the technology used at airports will affect their devices. Here are the main things to remember:
- You don’t have to remove your hearing aids when going through airport security and scanners.
- Scanners, metal detectors and X-Rays will not affect your hearing aids.
- Check the flight time boards for gate changes
- If you’re using a smart phone, you can get alerts and updates about your flight text or emailed to you as changes occur.
- If your hearing aid has a telecoil programme, most lounges feature a loop, so ask when you enter the lounge how to access this.
- When the flight staff asks everyone to turn off electronic devices, this does not apply to hearing aids. You need to be able to hear any announcements.
- Some people find the noise of the airplane quite loud. An option is to take out the hearing aid closest to the window and leave the other hearing aid in for hearing your travel partner and air hostesses.
- When booking your seat do not book seats in the exit row. People with a hearing loss are not usually seated in the exit row seats for safety reasons. Notify the flight attendant should you find yourself in an exit row seat.
On your holiday
- If on a tour, let your guide know that you wear hearing aids, so you don’t miss any important instructions or announcements.
- Try to sit near the front for any tours or shows
- If headphones are issued, you should be able to use them over your hearing aids.
- When you are visiting attractions like museums or galleries, ask whether an induction loop is available. if your hearing aid contains a telecoil programme, you can use the loop.
Caring for your hearing aids while you’re away
- Moisture or humidity may cause your hearing aid to be intermittent. So if visiting a humid area, take a de-humidifier / electronic dryer which can dry out any moisture and kill any bacteria.
- If your hearing aid gets wet, take out the battery and dry the battery compartment with a tissue. A cold hair dryer can also help dry out any moisture
If there’s anything else you need to know regarding travel with hearing aids, please call us at HEAR BETTER.