Travelling with your hearing aids

Travelling with hearing aids and hearing loss: a checklist

A trip overseas is a time for fun, festivities and experiencing the unfamiliar. It’s a time to uncover unseen places, visit old friends or try new foods. Most of all, an international holiday should be a time to relax. For people with hearing loss, however, international travel can create feelings of both excitement and trepidation. Travelling with your hearing aids and hearing loss doesn't have to be scary. Prepare for your trip in advance and you shouldn't have any issues.

Can I wear hearing aids on a plane?

There are no current restrictions that will not allow you to wear your hearing aids on airplanes. Some hearing aids do have a flight mode, however, that turns off wireless features. It is recommended that you activate flight mode, just as you would with a mobile phone during your flight, when flying with hearing aids.

Make sure you stock up on batteries for your hearing aids before you fly. If you have rechargeable hearing aids, even better. Just remember to pack the charger and an adapter for the local power socket.

If your hearing aids are connected to your smartphone, remember that roaming charges may apply in your holiday destination. This can be checked with your mobile provider. If you can't use the internet overseas, you can still use Bluetooth without using your data. Just be sure to switch off mobile data on your phone. Most of all, have fun and enjoy all the sounds of the holiday.

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Travelling with hearing aids checklist

Read our six step checklist for travelling with hearing aids and hearing loss:

  1. Plan in advance. Planning all travel arrangements in advance will help you avoid any potential issues that may arise when flying with hearing aids and hearing loss.
  2. Pack important things in carry-on. Take any necessary equipment with you. This includes packing extra batteries and bringing the right cleaning supplies for your hearing aids. Remember to pack your charging unit if you have rechargeable hearing aids.
  3. Check your phone’s roaming restrictions and charges. Make sure you’re able to both send and receive text messages abroad. In addition, be sure to request any travel updates to alert you via text.
  4. Use maps. Having a map handy will help make it easier to find your way around or ask for directions, especially when you might have a hard time understanding the locals otherwise.
  5. Remind staff that you’re hearing impaired. At the hotel, put the do not disturb sign on the door to avoid unwanted walk-ins.
  6. Have your hearing aids checked beforehand. Before leaving on any trip, make sure your hearing aids are working properly by having them checked by National Hearing Care.
  7. Ask for help when needed. Ask your tour guides and other professionals for help when needed. After all, that’s why they’re there.

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