What should I know about travelling with hearing aids?

"by " Albert Stein

So you're heading to the airport to jet off for an upcoming business trip or holiday, but you also have a hearing condition – how do you cope? 

Fortunately, if you are a hearing aid user, there is nothing to be concerned about. However, there are a few things you should bear in mind before your departure.

One of the first things you should think to pack are spare batteries for your hearing devices. With everything that travel can bring, the last thing you need is for your hearing device to fail when you need it most. Buying spare batteries before you go also means you won't have to search for some in what could possibly be an unfamiliar destination. 

Depending on where you're going, you may also want to pack a dehumidifier case, which you can usually get from your audiologist. This can protect your hearing aids from moisture damage that can occur in particularly cold or wet seasons. 

When you're at the airport, it's a good idea to wear your hearing aids at all times, even through security. This way you can clearly hear the instructions of airport personnel. You're not required to remove your hearing device when you go through the metal scanner, but it can be a good idea to alert a security officer about what hearing equipment you are bringing with you. 

On the plane, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority* advises that hearing aids are permitted to be used during the flight. However, some hearing aid wearers often chose to turn their devices off when flying, to avoid the amplification of the background engine noise. 

If you believe you'd benefit from a hearing solution, or would like to have a hearing checkup before your next trip, click here or call 0800 001 726 to request an appointment with your local Audika clinic.

*CASA, Health. Accessed October 27, 2015.