Travel Guide for Flying With Hearing Loss
Air travel as a mode of transport is increasingly common. If you have a hearing loss, air travel can be complicated. That’s why we’ve put together a travel guide to flying with hearing loss.
Booking Your Flight
Many of us book our flights online nowadays. Why not? It’s so convenient! What you may not be aware of though, is that many travel operators now offer the option for text or email alerts. If you flight is delayed or if you have a last-minute gate change, these announcements are generally made over the loudspeakers. Even with normal hearing, the crowded environment and general noise of an airport terminal can make these hard to hear. Opting for text or email alerts ensures you’ll not miss any important announcements or updates.
Busy airports see enormous volumes of passengers, employees and well-wishers passing through on a daily basis. Bradley International Airport, New England’s second largest airport, had approximately 6.4 million passengers come through the airport in 2017. That’s a lot of luggage, so it’s not surprising that occasionally suitcases do go missing or are delayed.
To ensure that you’re not caught out if this happens to you, it’s best practice to bring an extra set of clothing in your carry on. What many people forget, is to also pack extra hearing aid batteries. A spare pair of batteries, along with a spare set of clothing, will reduce stress if your bag does end up delayed!
At The Airport
If you were unable to sign up for email or text alerts, make sure you keep a close eye on the display boards in the terminal. These should highlight any changes to your flights.
When going through security, let the TSA agent know in advance if you’re wearing hearing aids or have any assistive listening devices in your carry-on. Letting them know in advance will help ensure a smoother, safer security process.
In The Air
Once you’ve settled in for your flight, we recommend that you let your flight attendant know that you have a hearing loss. If you’re sat next to someone, give them a head’s up too! This can help ensure you don’t miss any important announcements on board.
Hearing, Balance, & Speech Center is Here to Help You with all Your Listening Needs
Our travel guide to flying with hearing loss should help reduce the stress of travel. If you’d like to discuss any of the above information in further detail, come in and meet the hearing care professionals at Hearing, Balance & Speech Center. We’d be happy to arrange an appointment for you and take care of all your listening needs.