It’s that time of year when many of us fly off on our summer vacations. Air travel with hearing loss can be tricky, but we’ve got a few helpful tips to make the journey easier. These four tips will help ensure a smooth journey.
If you’ve opted to book your flights online, see if your booking includes an option for text or email alerts. Flights can end up delayed or gates may end up shifting, much of which is announced over the loudspeaker. In a crowded airport terminal, these can be tough to hear! By option for text or email alerts, you’ll get the updated information in a timely fashion and avoid missing any updates.
It’s also best practice to include an extra pair of clothes in your carry on, in case your luggage goes missing or is delayed. But do you also remember to pack extra hearing aid batteries or assistive devices in your carry-on? Having spare batteries means that you won’t run out if your luggage is delayed.
Keep an eye on the display boards if you are not getting email or text alerts to monitor for any changes to your flight. When going through security, let the TSA agent know if you are wearing a hearing aid, or carrying assistive listening devices. Giving them a head’s up will help ensure a smoother security process.
Once you’ve boarded your flight, let your flight attendant know that you have hearing loss. If you’re sitting next to someone, let them know also! This way, if there are any announcements on board, you can be sure to get the message.
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