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Travelling with a hearing aid – what you should know

"by " Albert Stein

Do you have a holiday coming up? Are you planning on flying out of state or overseas? If so, there are some things you should know about travelling with a hearing aid.

Having a loss of hearing shouldn’t impact your holiday plans at all. When treated with the correct hearing solutions, many people find that they can go about their lives with little inhibitions.

A hearing aid is a great example, but it does become a necessity when packing. Is it ready to go on your holiday journey with you?

Store your hearing aids in their case and slip the whole thing into a sock – it’ll keep it padded and prevent damage.

If required, our audiologists will fit you with hearing aids for each ear, so make sure you pack both with you. Store them correctly to protect them from being jostled or damaged. Even the case can knock around, so pad it inside folded clothes, or even in a sock! To keep them dry and safe from water damage, invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier, and store both sets in a watertight sandwich bag – you never know when your shampoo bottles may choose to explode open.

Spare batteries or an extra charger can also be a lifesaver, especially if you’re travelling overseas and aren’t sure where you can buy the correct ones for your aids. You can also never tell if a flight is going to be delayed, so have some batteries with you in your carry-on bag to avoid being stranded in an airport without the use of your aids.

A quick search of audiologists and hearing clinics in your holiday destination will also be of great use if you encounter any issues with your hearing or devices.

Your hearing aids should be one of the essentials you pack.

It’s always better to let security know that you are wearing a hearing aid if you have to walk through any metal detectors. It’ll save time and may not require the need for a pat down.

Don’t hesitate to warn any flight attendants or staff that you have hearing loss, and may require them to talk succinctly. As a customer service employee, it’s likely you’re not the first hearing impaired person they’ve encountered, and they can provide a service better tailored to your needs. You also won’t be forgotten if food or beverages come around.

On a plane, if your hearing aid has connective capabilities, you might have to turn it off when the plane takes off or lands. Some smaller domestic flights have adapted their technology to void the need for this, but always check first to make sure.

Some flights or train journeys can be quite noisy, so one benefit you’ll have above other passengers is the use of noise-cancelling hearing aids, or just turn them off. No more shrill cries of young children!

The usual rules apply to maintenance and care of your hearing aids. However, depending on where you go, humidity and moisture levels may fluctuate, requiring you to clean your hearing aids more often, or a greater need to keep them dry.

For sunny places, be careful not to get sand or sun lotion over them, as it can impair their function. Cooler places may come with rain, snow or mist, so make sure you’re prepared for the conditions.

To ensure that your hearing aids are up to date and the best fit for your ears, click here to book a hearing test. You can also call us on 1800 340 631 to chat to our experienced audiologists about your travels, and anything else that you may need to know before going away.

Safe travels!