Tips for Travelling with Hearing Aids

Suffering from hearing loss doesn’t mean that you have to spend your holiday straining to hear the tour guide or sitting out on group conversations because the hotel bar is too noisy.
If you are planning an upcoming trip then you may have some questions about what you need to take with you to help protect and maintain your hearing aid, while you are away from home.

Before you go

Before you travel with your hearing aid, consider taking these simple steps:

  • If you are heading overseas then don’t forget to take a power convertor with you so that you can charge your batteries.
  • Carry all your essential equipment such as hearing aid batteries, charges and cleaning tools with you in your hand luggage.
  • In your main luggage pack any remote or wireless accessories that you may need to connect to loop systems.

What about flying with a hearing aid?

You are not required to remove your hearing aid when you are passing through airport security and scanners. However, if you the alarms do set off when you walk through the metal detectors you may be required to undergo a pat down, or closer inspection.

People who have total hearing loss, or a hearing impairment cannot sit in exit row seats for safety reasons, so make sure you double check the seat on your ticket and notify your flight attendant when you are on the plane.

Once you arrive

If you are travelling in an area that is humid then you should bring a de-humidifier with you as moisture can result in intermittent stopping and starting.

If your hearing aid does get wet (and you don’t have a de-humidifier) then don’t attempt to dry your hearing aid in direct sunlight. Leave it in a warm, dry place in your room to dry out.

If you are going to be doing any day trips or tours then let the guide you are hard of hearing so that they can make sure don’t miss any important travel announcements.