For most people, traveling and boarding a flight is a dreaded ordeal. However, for those with hearing loss and those who rely on hearing aids, it’s even more stressful. Hearing loss affects all aspects of traveling. Here are some tips for your hearing care to help you while traveling.
Preparing for the Trip Beforehand
One thing you can do for your hearing care while traveling with hearing loss is to focus on what to do before your trip. This includes making sure you have spare hearing aids packed and protected, double checking reservations that accommodate hearing loss, and planning transportation to take while traveling.
Another part of traveling with hearing aids is knowing what rights you have with hearing loss. The Air Carrier Access Act, passed in 1986, lists benefits that people who have hearing loss are entitled to. These include the right to request disability seating, the right to request the same level of communication that other passengers get, and the right to advocate for yourself and your hearing care.
Passing Through the Airport
Some people with hearing aids or who have hearing loss while traveling may be worried about having to remove hearing aids when passing through security. You don’t have to remove hearing aids but do let TSA personnel know about them and other objects for your hearing care. If you choose not to wear them, don’t place the hearing aids on the conveyor belt because that may cause static electricity to damage them.
More airports have a system in place for those with hearing aids. These systems utilize electromagnetic signal-producing wire that hearing aids are designed to pick up. These systems, referred to as telecoils, allow people who rely on hearing aids to hear more clearly without as much interference. Standard hearing aids will have a setting for this. If you cannot find the setting on your hearing aids, contact your hearing care provider for more information.
Boarding Your Flight
When traveling by plane, you don’t have to turn off your hearing aids. You may want to let the flight attendants know about your hearing care accommodations, depending on how much hearing care you need for your hearing loss. The attendants can communicate the announcements to you if your hearing loss prevents you from understanding them. You should also bring your own entertainment for your flight, such as a good book, as most in-flight entertainment doesn’t have captioning.
If you want to know more about what you can do to make traveling with hearing loss or hearing aids easier for you, you should give us a call so that you can learn more about hearing care. Traveling doesn’t have to be an ordeal with hearing aids.