As you get used to your new hearing aids, you’re likely going to have a lot of first-time experiences with them. For example, when traveling for vacation or business, you may be facing a plane ride for the first time with your hearing aids. Understanding the basics of hearing aids and airplane assistance can help to put your mind at ease about flying with hearing aids for the first time.
Pack Your Hearing Aids Correctly
Before you leave your home to head towards the airport, you’ll need to pack up some items for your hearing aids. You’ll want to get your storage case, charger, and extra batteries. Depending on where you’re headed, you may have difficulty finding batteries if yours die. Do yourself a favor and pack extra batteries just in case you end up needing them.
You should always carry your cleaning kit as your hearing aids should be cleaned each evening after use. In addition, if you’re going somewhere with a lot of humidity, like the beach, you should consider investing in a hearing aid dehumidifier. This will help remove any excess moisture that finds its way into your hearing aids while on vacation.
You Don’t Have to Remove Your Hearing Aids
Many new hearing aids users have a common misconception that they must take their hearing aids out when they go through airport security. That’s simply not the case. You can go through all the security scans with your hearing aids in. You should never take your hearing aids out and place them on the conveyor belt for scanning. This could cause static electricity that could damage your hearing aids.
You Have Special Service Rights
The Air Carrier Access Act helps to provide various benefits for those who have hearing loss. When you book your flight, you should click the option that says “hearing loss or impairment.” This notifies the flight company so that they can provide you with upfront seating. Each airline reserves various seats towards the front of the aircraft so that those with hearing loss can be closer to the flight attendants. This will allow you to better identify when an announcement is being made on the aircraft.
Call Us Today
Flying for the first time with hearing aids may seem like a scary situation. However, it doesn’t have to be. By following the tips that we went over above, you can help set yourself up for smooth travel. If you have any further questions regarding your hearing aids or you need additional equipment for them, give our office a call today. Our hearing care specialists will be more than happy to assist you with all of your hearing aid needs.