Can I wear hearing aids while traveling on a plane?
Individuals with hearing impairment who rely on hearing aids can indeed use them during air travel, but certain guidelines should be adhered to before and during the flight, particularly during security checks and takeoff/landing.
Hearing aids and Security Checks Before Boarding:
The security check before boarding may raise uncertainties and some anxiety for first-time flyers with hearing aids. However, informing the staff that you use hearing aids is sufficient, as they will provide guidance on the necessary procedures.
Can I Use Hearing aids During Takeoff and Landing?
Hearing aid users should deactivate the wireless connectivity of their devices and, if applicable, switch to airplane mode or flight settings. This precaution is taken to prevent interference with pilots' communications with the control tower. Nevertheless, you can keep the hearing aid on, and there's no need to turn it off or remove it.
Ear Discomfort During the Flight:
Alterations in pressure inside the plane can result in a sensation of blocked ears or even ear pain, a situation that can affect anyone, regardless of hearing aid usage. To alleviate this, it is recommended to open the jaw to unclog the ears or perform the Valsalva maneuver. This maneuver involves covering your nose with your fingers and exhaling forcefully while keeping your mouth closed, helping equalize ear pressure. It's a simple and quick technique.
If you still have concerns, ELEHEAR is here to provide some things to be aware of:
Hearing-impaired individuals should inform security personnel about their hearing issues during security checks, especially if they are wearing hearing aids or other assistive devices.
For those with severe hearing loss, if communication is challenging, it's advisable to have paper and pen ready in advance to facilitate communication.
If there is significant hearing loss, request face-to-face communication with security personnel so that lip movements can be observed, aiding in understanding spoken content.
According to international security check practices, hearing-impaired individuals are not required to remove hearing aids and assistive devices during security checks. If security personnel insist on removal, it is recommended to explain the situation to the on-duty supervisor to avoid unnecessary removal, as it could lead to loss or damage due to confusion.
X-ray machine inspections generally do not damage hearing aids or similar devices.
All in all, hearing aids can be brought onto an airplane, but it is advisable to avoid wearing them as much as possible during the flight. Currently, the aviation industry does not have specific restrictions on implanted organs or assistive medical devices. Generally, the impact of air travel on the ears is mainly due to the rapid changes in air pressure during ascent and descent. This can lead to negative pressure in the middle ear cavity, and if the pressure on both sides of the eardrum is not balanced in a timely manner, it may result in aviation-related otitis media.
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