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Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Traveling by Air


Planes, Trains & Automobiles:  Traveling by Air

Traveling for business or pleasure can take you to new places that often bring their own communication and navigation challenges, especially if you have a hearing loss. By planning ahead and knowing what to expect, travel can be an enjoyable, stress free experience. Below, we detail specific considerations for traveling by air. Check back on the blog for the rest of our travel series, detailing specific considerations for car and train travel, and see our post on general habits for successful travel here.

First off, the best way to travel on a plane with you hearing aids is by wearing them! This will help avoid your devices being lost in misplaced luggage and will ensure you are able to hearing announcements, safety instructions and conversations while traveling. If you are worried about flying with your hearing aids, here is some information to set your mind at ease and allow for a smooth trip.

At the Airport & Getting Through Security

  • Many airlines offer self-check-in kiosks as well smartphone applications that may allow you to bypass a challenging communication situation.
  • You can wear your hearing aids through the security checkpoint – you are not required to remove your hearing aids! Airport security devices such as full body scanners, x-rays and hand-held detection devices do not affect hearing aids. However, it is possible that you may hear an unpleasant or distorted sound when walking through the scanner so you may want to reduce the volume on your hearing aid.
  • It may be helpful to inform the TSA officer that you are wearing a hearing aid. This way they will be away if the device shows on imaging technology. It is not necessary to provide any official documentation of your hearing loss, however TSA does have a downloadable notification card that you can use to discreetly inform the security officer that you use hearing aids, available here.

On the Airplane

  • If you have Bluetooth enabled hearing aids, you may need to put them in “Airplane Mode,” just like you would with your smartphone. If you aren’t sure how to do this, or aren’t sure if your hearing aids are Bluetooth enabled, speak with your audiologist before your trip.
  • Airplanes can be loud, so you may want to turn the volume down on your hearing aids after the safety announcements and prior to take-off. If you elect to take the hearing aids out due to noise, remember to put them in your case for safe keeping during the flight.


If you believe you’re suffering from hearing loss please call Evolution Hearing at our Charlottesville, VA location, 434-260-8007, at our Raleigh, NC location, 919-670-3258, or at our Richmond, VA location, 804-215-0001 to schedule an appointment today.