Tips for Traveling with a Hearing Loss
Posted by Hearing Northwest on February 24, 2012
Traveling can be fun and exhausting given today’s rigorous security procedures. Add in struggles with a hearing loss and it can become even more daunting of a challenge. To help in this process, the Transportation and Security Administration have recently provided some helpful tips on their website for traveling with a hearing loss.
Their suggestions refer to the security screening process and offer some helpful insights. Hearing aids can and should be worn when walking through the metal detector. They will not set off an alarm and will not be affected by the metal detector or x-ray screening should you choose to pass those through in a checked bag or carry-on tote. Also TSA officers have been trained to help accommodate travelers with disabilities so be clear if you would like them to talk slow for lip reading purposes or need to communicate with sign language. Lastly travelers who use a dog companion for hearing or seeing purposes can go through security checkpoints with their animal but need to follow service animal special guidelines in doing so.
We want to also provide some tips for taking your hearing aids with you on a vacation to ensure no damage occurs in adverse conditions. Our first suggestion is a simple enough one but may be overlooked by many to their own dismay. When packing your hearing aids in a suitcase, make sure to put them in their case which will protect them from damage. We also recommend bringing a small dri-aid kit if you are traveling to a climate with considerable humidity for an extended period of time. This can help prevent moisture damage to the hearing aid as a result of the climate elements. Bring extra batteries, especially if you are traveling abroad, to make sure you are never left without the ability to take in the sounds of your destination with your hearing aids. If you are in need of any of these supplies or have further questions, simply visit our Contact Us page and submit your information. We will be in touch with a solution within one business day.