One important question hearing aid users have when it comes to flying is “can I wear hearing aids on the aeroplane”?
This concern is not always addressed with new users of hearing aids, and if you get to the airport and realise you haven’t asked, it can cause some concern.
The good news is that there are usually no issues with wearing hearing aids on an aeroplane. In fact, the safest way to travel on a plane with your hearing aids is to wear them.
Not only will this help to ensure that you don't lose or misplace your aids, but you will be able to better hear important safety instructions from the airline and security personnel, as well as other information regarding gate changes or flight delays.
At Security Checkpoints
It would be helpful to notify the TSA security officer that you have a hearing loss and are wearing hearing technology. This is important because they will then be aware of any anomalies that may show up on the security screen and will facilitate communication with the officials.
The X-rays, metal detectors, full-body, and hand-held scanners will not affect your hearing aids. However, it is not the same story for the walk-through metal detectors. They may cause you to hear a distorted sound when walking through the scanner. You can choose to turn down the volume on your device before entering the scanner to reduce any annoying sound.
Preparing For Your Flight
If you are worried about whether you will not hear the announcements at your gate, you should let the flight attendant know that you have a hearing loss. It may also be beneficial to sign-up for SMS text alerts to inform you of any gate changes, delays, or boarding calls.
On The Aeroplane
There are currently no restrictions in place that will not allow you to wear your hearing aids on a plane, even with wireless technology. However, if you also use an additional FM assistive listening device, that should be turned off during the flight.
FM systems are equipped with both a transmitter and receiver and fall under the same restrictions during flight as a mobile phone. Keep your hearing aids on, but turn off your FM system device.
Many hearing aid users find that the aeroplane noise can be loud and bothersome, especially if you are sitting over the wing or near the back of the plane. For this reason, you may decide to turn your hearing aids down. If your hearing aids are connected to your phone, you could use this to make adjustments to your hearing aids during the flight.
If you are travelling alone, you should let the flight attendant know that you have a hearing loss, in the event of emergency announcements.
If you remove your hearing aids during the flight, make sure you turn them off and safely put them in your carry-on bag so they are not lost or damaged.
Do not put them in the seat pocket in front of you or pockets where they can be forgotten or easily fall out. When your flight is over, make sure you have all your hearing equipment before getting off!
Travelling can be exciting but also stressful. Using hearing technology should not add to the stress but help you feel more at ease. If you follow these simple tips and you will enjoy your flight and your trip!