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Travel with Hearing Aids

Q: I am heading to Arizona to enjoy warmer weather for a week, and have a couple questions regarding my hearing aids.  Can I wear my aid through airport security? Is it okay to wear my hearing aids while on the plane?

A: Yes, hearing aids can be worn through airport security.  According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), it is not necessary to remove hearing aids at security checkpoints.  The TSA recommends hearing aids be worn while going through the walk through metal detector.  The hand-held metal detection wands are also safe for hearing aids.  If you are selected for an advanced screening, hearing aids are cleared for x-ray inspection through Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT).  It is also fine to wear your hearing aids while on the airplane.  Some changes in air pressure, especially when the plane is taking off of landing, can cause discomfort until your ears “pop.”  This “popping” equalizes the pressures behind the eardrum with the outside air pressure.  Usually, wearing your hearing aids will not affect this process.  However, if you have cold or sinus problems, these pressure changes can be harder to equalize and the discomfort may persist for a longer period of time.  If your hearing aids are Bluetooth compatible and you use an accessory device, you may even check to see if a movie is available during your plane ride; this would allow you to listen to the movie using your hearing aids as earphones! If you have any additional questions regarding your travels, please do not hesitate to call us at 333-8833.  Otherwise, enjoy your trip and please bring the warm weather back with you!  

Hearing Aid Batteries

Q:  Is there anything I can do to lengthen the life of my hearing aid batteries?

A: In general, most hearing aid batteries last between 3-14 days depending on battery size and hearing aid usage.  Here are a few “tips” to help prevent battery issues:

  1. Store hearing aid batteries at room temperature.  It is important to avoid extreme temperatures.  Thus, do not store your hearing aid batteries in the glove compartment of the car or in the refrigerator.  The extreme temperatures can affect battery life.
  2. Make sure your hearing aid batteries are stored in the original packaging.  Metal objects like coins and keys can short out the batteries.  Because you do not want the batteries to touch each other during storage, it is not a good idea, even with the tab on, to store batteries loose in your pocket or purse. 
  3. Any time your hearing aids are not in your ears, be sure that you open the battery door compartment on your aids.  This will reduce the amount of battery drain.  If you are storing your hearing aids in a dry kit or hearing aid case, be sure that the battery door remains open when you close the case.
  4. Purchase your batteries from a trusted source.  Many practices, such as Advantage Audiology, sell hearing aid batteries.  If you find that a pack of batteries is “bad” be sure to keep the packaging and contact the manufacturer to report the problem.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call Advantage Audiology today at 333-8833!