Hearing loss and Travel
Summertime is here, and an activity that millions of Americans do every year at this time is traveling for vacation. Traveling long distances can be quite stressful, but traveling with hearing loss and hearing devices can make it even more difficult. Here are some tips to having a less stressful traveling experience:
- First, always ask for help when you need it. For example, if you can’t hear important about your flight, this could result in a delay of boarding or even missing your flight altogether. So, if you need help, ask the airline agents or airport employees for assistance
- Once on the plane, make sure to inform your flight attendant of your hearing loss, in case any important information needs to be relayed to you.
- Make sure to inform TSA that you have a hearing loss and are wearing a cochlear implant, hearing aids or BAHA. If you have a cochlear implant device, don’t put your equipment directly onto conveyor belt or in the plastic bins, as this may generate static electricity. If you are traveling with a spare processor, switch it off, remove the battery and place it in another bag.
- You are allowed to keep your BAHA or cochlear implants on as you walk through the metal detectors.
- Hearing aids and cochlear implants can be kept on once you are on the plane. These devices do not interfere with the plane.
- Some airlines allow for pre-boarding for those with hearing loss. Let the airline agent at the gate know that you have a hearing loss and request to pre-board.
- Batteries are very important to maintaining communication. Pack extra batteries in case of delays.
Traveling can be a very intimidating experience, especially for individuals with hearing loss. But with the right mindset and preparation, it can be much less stressful. Make sure to advocate for yourself and never be afraid to ask questions.