Six Tips for Flying with Hearing Aids
Flying on planes is something almost everyone has to do, especially if you have family and friends in other parts of the world. Whether you’re taking a vacation or flying for business, it’s important to know how your hearing aids factor into your experience.
No matter how often you fly, you might have questions regarding your hearing aids. It’s important to be prepared before every flight, and your hearing aids are just as important as your passport or ticket info. Becoming stranded in an unfamiliar place without your hearing aids can ruin your experience and interfere with your plans. To avoid these unexpected mishaps, it’s important to set up a game plan. Here are six tips on how to travel with hearing aids, from the security checkpoint to your destination.
1. Make sure they’re fully charged. Charge your hearing aids overnight or remember to have a fresh set of batteries to hand.
2. Let someone know you’re hard of hearing. Whether it’s your flight attendant or you’re the person sitting next to you, be sure to inform them of your hearing loss. In the event of an emergency, they can make accommodations for you.
3. Bring cleaning supplies and a dehumidifier. Some cases have dehumidifiers built-in. If yours doesn’t, make sure to bring one along with your cleaning kit. These will keep your hearing aids clean and fresh while you’re away from home.
4. Flying internationally? Buy a converter. If your hotel/host doesn’t provide a converter, you might be in trouble. If you’re flying to a foreign country, buy a converter online. This allows you to charge your hearing aids wherever you’re going.
5. Don’t book seats in the exit row. This is a safety regulation that applies to passengers who are hard of hearing, so make sure that your seats are planned ahead of time and book seats in the middle of the plane.
6. Turn down the volume when walking through metal detectors! Some scanners might cause you to hear a loud, distorted sound while walking through the metal detector. To avoid confusion, inform airport security of your hearing aids beforehand.
A pilot’s tale
Travellers aren’t the only ones who might require hearing aids. Fighter pilot John Best was outfitted with Signia hearing aids after he had a realisation while flying from an aircraft carrier. “The tower gave a call sign, and I could hear my number,” John recalls. “I started to make a turn, and my RIO (Radar Intercept Officer) said ‘Don’t turn, he’s not talking to you’, and that’s when I realised something was wrong with my hearing.”
After being fitted with Signia hearing aids, John can hear the world around him in crystal-clear quality. Various features let him change how he hears things, and he’s able to switch between them depending on the situation.
If you’re considering hearing aids, take some time to consider what kind of hearing aid you might need. Hearing aids for tinnitus might differ from hearing aids for one-sided hearing loss. Curious about what options are available to you? Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor. If you don’t already have a specialist, they might refer you to someone who can help. You can also use our online store locator: https://www.signia-hearing.co.nz/store-locator/
Choosing to explore hearing aids is the first step, and you could be walking towards a brighter future. The world is full of wonderful sounds and voices, and life sounds brilliant with Signia.